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[BN] Blitz newsletter: What would the Bills' expectations be without LeSean McCoy?

Bills running back LeSean McCoy hired a high-powered Atlanta attorney on Wednesday, one day after his ex-girlfriend was assaulted at a home McCoy owns.

It's far too early to know how the situation will unfold, but McCoy's status for 2018 is now uncertain. What would the Bills do at running back if McCoy is unavailable? Jay Skurski wrote about that topic, saying it's now an option the Bills have to consider.

Without a free-agent addition or trade, Chris Ivory would likely have the first shot at winning the starting job, Skurski wrote. Ivory, an eight-year veteran, was brought in to be the No. 2 back but has experience handling a heavy workload. Travaris Cadet is next on the depth chart, followed by Taiwan Jones, Marcus Murphy and Keith Ford. Notable free agents include Adrain Peterson, DeMarco Murray and Jamaal Charles.

Without McCoy, the team's best offensive weapon, the Bills' projected win total would also likely take a hit. Online betting sites initially pegged the 2018 Bills for 6.5 wins, which feels about right when you consider last year's 9-7 team overachieved and is now worse on offense. The importance of star players can be overstated, but you'd have to think losing McCoy would make the Bills' offense unthreatening enough to drop them by at least another win.

Bills sit out supplemental draft: Two players were selected in the supplemental draft for the first time since 2010, but the Bills didn't get either player.


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