The Eagles rewarded another one of the young superstars on Thursday when they signed All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy to a five-year extension that will last through the 2017 campaign.
Originally a second-round pick out of Pittsburgh in 2009, the proud Harrisburg, Pa. native had a record-setting season in 2011. McCoy's Twitter handle is @CutOnDime25 for his elite lateral cutting ability and it should also be for the way he cut up the Eagles history books.
McCoy, who will only be 24 when the season starts, set franchise records with 20 total touchdowns and 17 rushing touchdowns in 2011 eclipsing the marks previously held by Hall of Fame running back Steve Van Buren. In fact, McCoy also led the league in both categories. There were only two games McCoy played in which he did not score this past season. He set another franchise record with a touchdown in nine straight games.
The league leader in first downs and rushes of 10-or-more yards, McCoy was fourth in rushing yards (1,309) despite missing the final game of the season. He was also fourth in offensive touches (321) and fifth in yards from scrimmage with 1,624. That rushing yardage total was the fifth-highest in franchise history.
After feeling like he should have been to the Pro Bowl in 2010 after his first year as a full-time starter, McCoy left no doubt in 2011 as he was a starter for the NFC squad. He also earned Associated Press All-Pro honors and was named the FedEx Ground Player of the Year.
No Eagle has accumulated more rushing yards (3,026) or scrimmage yards (4,241) in his first three seasons than McCoy. McCoy's 4.8 yards per carry average for his career is also the best in franchise history.
A tremendous receiver out of the backfield, McCoy is third among all running backs since he entered the NFL in 2009 with 166 receptions. His 1,125 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns each rank fifth among NFL running backs in that same time frame.
If that's not enough, McCoy is one of the most sure-handed ballcarriers with just one lost fumble last season despite his massive amount of touches.
With McCoy signed through 2017, the Eagles might have to keep an eraser on hand with the potential for more and more records to be cut up in the years to come.
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