As the Bills rebuild around quarterback Josh Allen, some fans have wondered what running back LeSean McCoy might bring back in a trade. The question was phrased this way in Jay Skurski's latest mailbag:
"What’s worth more: Whatever we can get trading McCoy or the value he brings to the team in a rebuild?"
Skurski said he feels McCoy bring more value being on the team. Part of that is because he's the team's only established offensive threat and could get Hall of Fame consideration once it's all said and done. The other aspect is that McCoy may not have much value in a trade given his age (30), contract (one year remaining at a $6.175 million base salary), health (dealing with fractured rib cartilage) and off-field issues.
Skurski added that a Day Three draft pick (rounds 5-7) is "the absolute best I could see the Bills doing in any trade of McCoy."
So unless a playoff contender gets desperate later in the year, McCoy seems likely to remain a Bill.
Vic Carucci’s Take Five: Don't overrate the Packers ... or underrate the Bills: Carucci cautioned against making the same mistake most of the country made last week in assuming a better team will automatically dominate the game. He also mentioned an important point in the subplot about coach Sean McDermott taking play-calling responsibilities away from DC Leslie Frazier in the second half of Week 2: Not only did Frazier return to calling plays in last week's win over the Vikings (the team he used to coach), but McDermott gave Frazier the game ball in the locker room after the game.
“You men earned this thing. By hanging together and putting in the work.”
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) September 23, 2018
How we see it: Predictions for Bills-Packers: Perhaps not surprising after the last item, but Carucci picked the Bills to win against the Packers. He was the only member of the panel to pick that result.
X's and O's: Mark Gaughan drew up Aaron Rodgers' back-shoulder fade, which is just one of the many things Rodgers makes look much easier than it is. Gaughan also mentioned that the Packers ran 68 out of 69 plays in the shotgun or pistol last week due to Rodgers' knee injury.
With healthier cornerback group, Bills' normal nickel package thrived vs. Vikings: Chris Trapasso broke down how the return of Taron Johnson helped the Bills' secondary, allowing them to use their normal nickel package instead of one with an extra safety that was getting carved up.
After slow start, Trent Murphy provides pass-rushing spark for Bills vs. Vikings: DE Shaq Lawson is set to return this week after missing two games with an injury, but Trent Murphy played well last week in the expanded role.
Bills-Packers Scouting Report: Could the Bills have a chance to attack downfield this week after most of Allen's work was short last week? "The Packers have allowed 13 catches of 20-plus yards and three catches of 40-plus yards this season, totals that rank tied for sixth most and tied for second most, respectively, in the NFL," Jay Skurski wrote.
Pregame primer: The Bills opened as 10.5-point underdogs, but the line has since moved to 9.5.
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