LeSean McCoy eyeing special season

September, 4, 2014
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LeSean McCoy rushed for a league-best 1,607 yards last season.

He turned 26 in July.

That would put the Philadelphia Eagles running back in the prime of his career. McCoy can produce even more this season. He expects to produce more this season.

All that matters is how the team fares.

The Eagles finished 10-6 and won the NFC East title last season. Another division title and a run in the playoffs would make all the individual accolades even more special.

Nothing McCoy accomplishes will surprise coach Chip Kelly.

“I don’t challenge him,” Kelly told reporters. “I think he challenges himself. He does have a unique ability and the goals and aspirations he has, they’re attainable. A lot of people can say I want to lead the NFL in rushing but not everybody has that God-given ability to do what he does. If he’s going to set goals and aspirations for himself he’s got to go out and work for them. I think he really understood that. I think he had an outstanding offseason. He came to camp in the best shape of his life. He’s training like that every single day around here.

“I think he really realizes that this is the prime part of his career,” Kelly added. “He’s no longer a young player. He’s in the meat of his career right now and he better take full advantage of it so that he isn’t a would-have, could-have, should-have guy. There’s a short window sometimes for running backs and he’s right in the middle of it right now and I think he’s taking full advantage of it.”

McCoy’s rushing yards set a franchise record. Now in his sixth season, McCoy is preparing for big things. If another rushing title comes along with team success, he’ll take it.

“I’m 26, I’m young. There’s gonna be times where players (say), ‘I wish I could have did this better. I wish I could have done this, done that.’ And I don’t want to be one of them guys,” McCoy told Phillymag.com. “That’s why I’m busting my butt to do all the right things, stay in shape, mentally stay on top of the game and being the best. I think if I do that, I’ll take care of the small things and go out there and just play the game the way it’s supposed to be played and the way I play, I should be fine.”

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