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LeSean Report: Drops in rain lead to Bills RB's worst outing of 2017

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LeSean McCoy had a game to forget against the Bengals.

Mostly anchored by the lowest receiving grade among running backs, the Bills featured running back had the lowest overall Pro Football Focus grade among 44 backs in Week Five.

McCoy had three drops against the Bengals, quite obviously the most he's had in a game this season. The rain wasn't his friend in this contest against the AFC opponent.

And the reason I point out the rain: McCoy had been credited with zero drops on 22 targets heading into the game against the Bengals. In fact, he registered just one drop in all of 2016 on 54 targets and two drops on 45 targets in 2015. He's proven to be a sure-handed pass-catcher, so a three-drop outing in a steady rain indicates the inclement weather played a role in the unusual performance.

Coming into the game, McCoy had managed a yards-per-route-run (YPRR) average of at least 1.70 in all four contests during the 2017 season, but he mustered a YPRR of just 0.81 in Cincinnati.

He finished 10th on the week with 1.94 yards before contact per rush. Having a 44-yard scamper called back on a holding penalty significant hurt his stat line that read 19 carries for 63 yards.

Brandon Tate, Kaelin Clay, Patrick DiMarco and Eric Wood were the only Bills players who finished the game with positive run-blocking grades. Overall, the Bills run game has had worse games in the stat sheet so far this season, but neither the blocking nor McCoy flourished against the Bengals' stingy defensive front.

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On 25 touches against the Bengals, McCoy forced two missed tackles.

He currently sits in 10th in yards per route run (1.64) among the 19 running backs who've run at least 75 routes thus far in the season.

Through five games, McCoy has forced 18 missed tackles on 114 touches (87 rushes, 27 catches). Through five games in 2016, he had forced 20 missed tackles on 104 total touches (85 rushes, 19 catches).

The Bills must use the bye week to re-evaluate everything pertaining to the run game – the offensive linemen to use, the plays to scrap, and the type of plays to feature – whatever they need to do to help McCoy get rolling again.

Stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus.

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