The New York Jets defense anticipates LeSean McCoy getting a lot of rushes on Sunday.
McCoy has been the x-factor in the Buffalo Bills’ offense since they traded for him in 2015. Last season, the Bills led the NFL in several rushing categories, including yards per game (164.4), yards per carry (5.35), and rushing touchdowns (29). Jets players and defensive coordinator are aware of McCoy’s abilities.
“They have a good back in [McCoy],” defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson commented. “He’s elusive, he still has the ability to take it the distance, take it to the house. We have a handful with that.”
“He’s very dynamic, very skillful guy,” defensive tackle Steve McLendon said.
“You still see the explosiveness, the elusiveness, and the vision,” defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers added. “We’re going to have to pay a lot of attention to him. He’s one of the best backs in the NFL.”
However, the Jets know what they need to do in order to slow McCoy down and limit his impact on the game.
“At the end of the day, if we do the necessary things, which we are capable of doing, then all we have to do is go out there and play hard, play fast, play smart and use our techniques to the best of our abilities, everything will handle itself,” McLendon stated.
Last year wasn’t a great year for McCoy against the Jets. In the first matchup in Buffalo, McCoy only tallied 59 yards on 15 rushes. The Jets went on to win that game 37-31. In the final game of the season, McCoy recorded 10 yards on five rushing attempts. New York took the game 30-10 and completed the season sweep.
The Jets need to look back at last year and see what they did to contain McCoy for a couple reasons. For starters, it obviously worked, since they took both games against Buffalo. Secondly, teams who let him pile up the yardage paid the price. Since 2010, the teams McCoy played for, the Eagles and Bills, has combined a record of 28-5 when he runs for more than 100 yards.
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