LeSean McCoy isn’t bothered by a few fresh faces in Buffalo.
McCoy, who hill turn 31 in July, struggled through the worst year of his illustrious career in 2018, rushing for 514 yards and three touchdowns, averaging just 3.2 yards per carry. Both McCoy’s rushing yards and yards per carry were career lows.
“I mean, there were some games I wasn’t right, but overall, it just didn’t work,” McCoy told the Buffalo News on Wednesday after the second day of mandatory minicamp. “I’ll just leave it at that. But I look forward to bouncing back this year.”
The ability to do so will depend on the 10-year-veteran’s place on the depth chart. The Bills signed 36-year-old Frank Gore and 25-year-old T.J. Yeldon in free agency and used their third-round draft pick to take Devin Singletary from Florida Atlantic University.
Gore rushed for 722 yards in Miami last season, averaging 4.6 yards per attempt, while Yeldon, who is entering his fifth season, recorded 414 rushing yards on 104 attempts in a limited role in the Jaguars’ offense.
McCoy, who is entering the final year of his contract, doesn’t see his job changing.
“In this league, in general, it’s always competition,” McCoy said. “I’m a type of guy, I thrive off off having a big name. So when guys come to my team, they’re curious to see, ‘How is LeSean McCoy? Is he still a good player?’ I mean, I’m a dominant player. I think that speaks for itself. But I’ll be in the same role as last year. And I look forward to putting some numbers up and bouncing back from that last season.”
General manager Brandon Beane stressed after the draft that McCoy, who has racked up 10,606 yards in 10 seasons, is still the Bills’ lead back, and McCoy noted that the new additions made sense, as both of Buffalo’s leading rushers last season had entered their 30’s. Chris Ivory, 31, recorded 385 yards and one touchdown in 2018, and was released in March.
“I play with confidence, so I don’t let stuff like that move me,” McCoy said. “The guys in the room, that’s going to help us out. Like Frank, I’m sure, he’ll help us out. He’ll get some play, he’ll make some plays. With the rookie, you know, we’ll try to fit them in there. But I expect to be the main workhorse.
“There were so many requests for trades for me, people were trying to get me, [the Bills] didn’t make a move. This team here wouldn’t make a move. That shows confidence in that.”
McCoy emphasized how much he looks forward to working with Gore, who has rushed for 14,748 yards in 14 seasons and is likely Canton-bound as soon as he’s eligible. McCoy also appreciates new additions Buffalo made along the offensive line.
Most of all, McCoy is eager to just get back on the field.
“I’m motivated,” McCoy said. “All I need is opportunity. I’m going to make it happen. I think this year, we’ll have a lot more open space, we’ll have a lot more opportunity. I think we put a lot of money into the offensive line. So I’m excited.”