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Bills RB LeSean McCoy expects to have the same role as last season

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Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy expects to perform a similar role as last season.

Despite the Bills adding new running backs to their roster, McCoy told The Buffalo News’ Vic Carucci on June 12 he still expects to start for Buffalo.

In this league, in general, it’s always competition. I’m a type of guy, I thrive off of 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.

The 31-year-old McCoy turns 31 next month. He’s also entering the final year of his five-year, $40 million deal which he signed in March 2015.

Based on McCoy’s interview with Carucci, the former seems unfazed by his dismal 2018 NFL season. McCoy ran for just 514 yards, and three touchdowns on 161 carries for the Bills. As a result, he ran for a career-low 3.2 yards per carry.

Carucci asked McCoy if these numbers had anything to do with his health.

“I mean, there were some games I wasn’t right, but overall, it just didn’t work,” McCoy said. “I’ll just leave it at that. But I look forward to bouncing back this year.”

Buffalo added Frank Gore, T.J. Yeldon, and rookie Devin Singletary to its running back corps in 2019. Nonetheless, Bills general manager Brandon Beane told The Buffalo News in the aftermath of the 2019 NFL Draft McCoy is still the “starter” at running back.

McCoy said having him and Gore (36 years old) on the roster normally makes front office personnel “prepare for the future,” per Carucci. Even if other teams tried to lure McCoy away from Buffalo this offseason, Beane stood his ground. McCoy took that as a sign of confidence in his abilities.

Can McCoy bounce back from a dismal campaign in 2018? Bills fans are looking forward to a rejuvenated Shady McCoy to take the field in the 2019 NFL season.

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