McCoy carried 16 times for 73 yards and caught three passes for an additional 21 yards during Sunday's 20-13 loss to the Texans. McCoy averaged a respectable 4.6 yards per carry against a stout Texans front, posting his second-best rushing output of the season. He tied for third on the team in targets and chipped in as a pass catcher in what was another encouraging performance. McCoy has been much more effective over the last two weeks, totaling 202 scrimmage yards on a healthy 45 touches. Shady should continue to produce through sheer volume if nothing else, but he's still yet to find the end zone this season and could struggle even more in that regard if Josh Allen (elbow) is forced to miss time. Next up is a matchup with the Colts in Week 7.
McCoy isn't expected to be traded from the Bills to the Eagles this season, as the two sides haven't even reached the point of discussing compensation in any potential deal, a source tells Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. McCoy was linked to his former team after the Eagles lost starting running back Jay Ajayi to a season-ending knee injury last Sunday. While Rapoport notes that Philadelphia general manager Howie Roseman reached out to the Bills, it appears his communication with the Buffalo front office was more of a feeler than anything, as no serious trade talks for McCoy emerged. According to Rapoport, the Bills reportedly have a high asking price for the 30-year-old, which has halted the momentum in any teams' pursuit for McCoy. While the Bills will undoubtedly continue to listen to offers on McCoy, at this point, it appears fantasy owners should proceed with the expectation that he'll remain in Buffalo for the remainder of the campaign, a reality that dims his outlook. McCoy has failed to score a touchdown this season and is averaging only 58.5 scrimmage yards per game over his four appearances.
Coach Sean McDermott tried to defuse the trade rumors surrounding McCoy during a press conference Wednesday, Sal Maiorana of The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports. "Just to get out in front of this LeSean thing a little bit here the best I could, as best I can, LeSean is one of our better players," McDermott said. "Thought he had a good game [Sunday against the Titans] and we're just looking forward to playing the Houston Texans [in Week 6]." Rumblings about a potential trade date back to the offseason, as a 30-year-old running back doesn't seem like the best fit for a team headed for a rebuilding season. Of course, the Bills have managed to stay somewhat competitive with two wins in their first five games, and McCoy is still the centerpiece of an otherwise undermanned offense. The rumors kicked back into gear Monday when it was announced that Eagles running back Jay Ajayi (knee) will be out for the rest of the season. A reunion between McCoy and his former team might make some sense, but it seems likely that the Bills hold onto their lead back for at least a few more weeks. McDermott did acknowledge the likelihood that general manager Brandon Beane has fielded calls about McCoy's availability. The Bills are traveling to Houston this weekend to face a Texans defense that allows just 3.4 yards per carry and 95 rushing yards per game.
McCoy rushed 24 times for 85 yards and caught two of three targets for 23 yards in Sunday's 13-12 win over the Titans. McCoy delivered his best effort of the season, having previously failed to top 40 rushing yards in a game. Game flow was responsible for much of his success, as the Bills were able to commit to the rushing attack in a tightly contested matchup. The veteran running back had not received double-digit carries in a game prior to this contest, so it's tough to predict what his workload will look like in Week 6 against Houston.
McCoy, who has been dealing with a rib issue and also appeared to hurt his hand in Sunday's 22-0 loss to the Packers, doesn't appear on the Bills' Week 5 injury report. McCoy is thus on track to lead the Bills' ground game this weekend against the Titans. In the three games that he has played this season, McCoy has logged just 21 carries, a low figure that can largely be attributed to game flow. Per Chris Brown of the Bills' official site, coach Sean McDermott is hoping to get McCoy more involved in the coming weeks, both as a runner and as a pass catcher. In Week 5, he'll take aim at a Tennessee defense that has allowed an average of 118 rushing yards per game this season.
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