Increasingly, as time has worn on over the past couple of seasons, teams all over the league have adopted a running back by committee (RBBC) approach. What started out as a rare thing in
One team that hasn’t been known for employing the committee approach as it became the norm was the Philadelphia Eagles. Brian Westbrook has been the big man on campus in the City of
Over the past few years, it has been clear that the Eagles offense ebbs and flows around Westbrook. When the soon-to-be 30-year-old rusher was on the bench thanks to yet another injury, the Eagles seemed to slow down and their offense became much more predictable with guys like Correll Buckhalter, Lorenzo Booker and Reno Mahe backing him up. While Buckhalter provided a spark at times, by no means was he a suitable handcuff on draft day. Buckhalter left town in the offseason and that left a gaping hole in the Eagles backfield. Often criticized for never drafting skill positions early, Andy Reid went out and much to fans’ delight, found the one guy who is not only a great handcuff, but possibly the next coming of Brian Westbrook: LeSean McCoy.
McCoy was one of the most highly touted running backs coming out of high school and stayed close to his hometown of
The Eagles received bad news soon after the draft when Westbrook went under the knife to clean up his ankle and were told that he would most likely be out through training camp, the entire preseason and might not even be 100% when the regular season begins in September. Suddenly, the McCoy pick was looking even better. If Westbrook thrives in Reid’s offense, there is no reason why McCoy shouldn’t experience a lot of the same success. While he might not put up top numbers this year, McCoy could become the ultimate handcuff to Westbrook who is seemingly plagued with injuries, but more importantly to fantasy owners, a first-round pick in any draft. Westbrook’s fantasy owners should not waste any time picking up McCoy with their last pick because it is practically guaranteed that his name will be there just before the final bell sounds.
McCoy inked his contract early (the first second-round pick to do so) which tells me one thing: he is ready to focus on football and could open a lot of eyes in training camp and the preseason when he is placed into the shoes of Westbrook, which seem to fit just perfectly.