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McCoy's Blocking Much Better Than Anticipated

When rookie running back LeSean McCoy worked out at the Combine back in February, he was battling a flu virus that caused him to lose 15 pounds. In fact, he tipped the scales at 198 pounds.

Not the ideal size you would want in a potential every-down back.

McCoy has gained the weight back since and is currently around 210, 211 pounds. In fact, McCoy said that the Eagles want him to shed a couple to get to around 207, 208 pounds.

Even if the Eagles think he can lose a few extra pounds, McCoy has looked shifty and quick out the backfield this entire camp. He has great vision which allows him to see the holes quickly and he has the burst to get into them. But what has been somewhat of a surprise is his blocking ability. He gets good level. He gives good effort. He finishes every time. In fact, it almost seems like he enjoys it.

"I just think it's something that I never really had to do. Coming here, it's a must," McCoy said. "You have to be able to block. You have to be able to protect No. 5 (Donovan McNabb). I drive myself to get some blocks."

McCoy's blocking has been so good that he's currently slated to be the lead blocker on kickoff returns.

"That's more blocking," McCoy said. "It's cool. Anything to get on the field, I'm willing to do."

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 1:56 p.m., August 9

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