McCoy has denied a domestic violence allegation made via a since-deleted Instagram post, NFL.com reports. "For the record, the totally baseless and offensive claims made against me are completely false." McCoy noted Tuesday. "Furthermore, I have not had any direct contact with any of the people involved in months."
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy subsequently relayed that the league is "reviewing the matter." Meanwhile, the Bills released the following statement Tuesday: "We have spoken to LeSean and been in contact with the National Football League. We will continue to gather information."
McCoy's teammates haven't seen any signs of regression in the running back during offseason workouts, Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News reports. "If you prepare yourself the right way, you can play as long as you want to," tackle Jordan Mills said. "[McCoy] eats right, he trains right, he's always studying, he's always trying to get better. And he's always looking at ''Well, I'm the best, but how can I get better?' He's never complacent at what he does, and that's what makes him Shady. He's a great player and he improves every year."
McCoy, who participated in minicamp last week after missing part of OTAs with an illness, will turn 30 on July 12 and currently ranks fourth in career carries among active running backs. Some point to his career-low 4.0 YPC from 2017 as a sign of decline, but one needs to keep in mind that McCoy also handled the third-heaviest workload of his career last season as the centerpiece of a Bills offense that finished second-to-last in passing yards per game (177). Along the way, McCoy continued to display his trademark burst with 12 carries of 20-plus yards -- the second most he's had in nine pro seasons. With Buffalo skipping on drafting a running back in a loaded rookie class, all signs point to McCoy continuing as a workhorse in 2018 with only the newly-signed Chris Ivory a legitimate threat to steal carries. With that said, McCoy's efficiency probably won't see much improvement given the questionable state of the team's passing attack and offensive line.
McCoy is not participating in Thursday's OTA session due to illness, Joe Buscaglia of WKBW.com reports.
While we see a number of veterans around the league opting to sit out OTAs due to unhappiness with their contract or simply because they don't want to go through the extra team work, that appears not to be the case for McCoy's absence. We'll see if he returns to a session later in this OTA round, as his teammates could benefit to get some looks in an offense where he'll once again be the featured player.
McCoy won't have Richie Incognito blocking for him this upcoming season, as the 34-year-old guard plans to retire, Mark Gaughan of The Buffalo News reports.
The Bills also will lose starting center Eric Wood, who is expected to retire due to a neck injury. These are troubling developments for a team that was quiet in free agency, with QB A.J. McCarron and RB Chris Ivory representing the only major signings on offense. Heading into his age-30 season, McCoy finds himself with a franchise that seems to be rebuilding, though the same thing was said last year and the Bills ultimately squeaked into the playoffs. He expressed his disappointment Tuesday on Instagram, acknowledging that Incognito and Wood have been important to his success. McCoy dropped off to a career-worst 4.0 yards per carry last season, but he made it up to fantasy owners with 287 carries, 59 receptions and eight touchdowns. The Bills likely plan on giving him a similar workload in 2018, and any downgrades on the offensive line would be offset by the development of a legitimate passing attack that can keep defenders out of the box. The team does own picks No. 12, 22, 53, 56, 65 and 96 in the upcoming draft, but it won't necessarily help McCoy's cause if the selections are packaged to move up for a quarterback.
General manager Brandon Beane says the Bills remain committed to McCoy -- who will turn 30 in July -- and that he's expected to be a key part of team's attack in 2018, Jadon Ceravolo of the Bills' official site reports. "Yeah. I'm planning on that," Beane said. "He obviously had the little injury at the end of the year. I give him a lot of credit to play in that Jacksonville game with the injury. That shows how competitive he is. He's healthy and ready to go. I expect him back. He'll be a big part of what we're doing in 2018."
No NFL player is yet to beat Father Time, especially those that play the demanding running back spot, so as a player in his 30s McCoy can't keep up his excellent work forever. But excellent he was in 2017, carrying the rushing attack with 287 carries for 1,138 yards and six touchdowns, all to go with a team-leading 59 receptions for 448 yards and two more scores. McCoy also showed the moves and flexibility of a 25-year-old and has become more of a leader in recent seasons, so even with an expected cap hit of $8.95 million for the coming season, the team knows he's the best man to lead what should remain a run-heavy attack.
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