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[BN] Blitz newsletter: Why LeSean McCoy as the starter is risky business for the Bills

By now you're plenty aware of LeSean McCoy and his declining numbers. And you're plenty aware that the running back's future has been one of the biggest stories of the Bills' offseason.

By all indications, McCoy will be the lead back in 2019, at least to start the season.

Jay Skurski took a look at the McCoy situation in installment No. 3 three of our 10 biggest questions facing the Bills before training camp begins July 25.

There were a few critical points in Jay's story that should make Bills fans wary of McCoy as the starting running back as camp nears.

Pretty simply: Relying on McCoy to be the lead back is an extremely risky proposition for a Bills team that plans on making a push for a wildcard spot in 2019.

Here are a few reasons why...

  • McCoy continued a downward trend in his yards-per-carry totals, finishing with 3.2, by far the lowest of his career.
  • McCoy, who turned 31 Friday, carries the fourth largest salary cap hit on the team. Paying someone that much for that kind of limited production isn't a winning formula.
  • How bad were the peripherals? Jay used some "fancy stats" to show two critical things: McCoy has gotten slower and is becoming easier to tackle. That's not good.

As Skurski points out, there is plenty of depth behind McCoy. But the clock is ticking.

Mailbag: In case you missed it, the mailbag this week featured stadium talk, Josh Allen's accuracy, the tight end situation and much, much more. Read it here.

A new scheme?: The Bills got a lot better and a little deeper on offense. Should we expect the playbook to look a lot different for Allen in Year 2? Probably not. It just might look a little faster.

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