LeSean McCoy to receive limited snaps in season opener and Chiefs debut
Kansas City Chiefs running back LeSean McCoy won’t get a full workload on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the plan for McCoy is to give him 15-20 snaps.
McCoy, 31, has been a member of the Chiefs for a week, as they signed him following his release from the Buffalo Bills on cut day. Kansas City is likely trying to ease him into the offense—which he’s familiar with as he’s played with coach Andy Reid in the past—while the running back by committee does its thing on Sunday.
Alongside Damien Williams, Darrel Williams, and Darwin Thompson, McCoy will be playing in more of a committee of backs than he’s played with before. However, considering that he’s a six-time Pro-Bowler that has looked rejuvenated in Kansas City, according to reports, he should settle into the leader role of the group.
According to coach Reid, via ChiefsDigest’s Matt Derrick, McCoy and Damien Williams will be co-starters in Kansas City. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, as McCoy struggled in 2018, while Williams thrived in a post–Kareem Hunt world.
In 2018, McCoy had a career-low year. The back couldn’t stay healthy, and it showed in the box score as he ran for 514 yards and three touchdowns on 3.2 yards per carry. Williams, on the other hand, burst onto the scene, recording 416 scrimmage yards and six total touchdowns.
Of course, the Chiefs aren’t a run-heavy team, as someone named Patrick Mahomes exists. It’ll be interesting to see how Kansas City spreads their rushing attempts between a talented group highlighted by Shady.