The Eagles are coming off of their worst season since 1998, but running back LeSean McCoy's talent is still simply too good to ignore.
"That boy has some Allen Iverson feet, but he's playing football," said Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor paying homage to the 76ers legendary point guard.
McCoy had 1,213 yards from scrimmage in just 12 games last season and was recognized by the NFL Network's Top 100 Players of 2013 as the league's 45th-best player. A year ago, McCoy was ranked No. 18 following his franchise-record 20-touchdown All-Pro campaign.
"I don't feel bad about that call at all," McCoy said of the ranking.
McCoy missed four games due to a concussion last season after being sidelined for just two in his first three seasons. The Eagles' feature back is fully healthy and embracing the opportunity to play in new head coach Chip Kelly's offense.
"I'm up for this year. I can't wait. I can't think of a back in the NFL who can do as much as I can do, so I'm focused and I'm ready to roll," McCoy said. "Coach Kelly bringing an offense that fits me so well of just being in open space with so many different looks and movements, I think I should have a better year."
Taylor said that while watching film of McCoy the Steelers would say that he "made Superman miss tackles while in a phone booth." The Steelers have a term to describe McCoy's quick-cutting ability and capacity to stop-and-start with ease. It's called, "getting lied to." You think he's going in one direction when he is already headed in another.
Cleveland Browns linebacker D'Qwell Jackson said that McCoy personifies the modern running back with his penchant for being able to run with the ball and catch the ball as well. Since 2009, McCoy ranks third among NFL running backs with 220 receptions.
"I just feel like he's in a league of his own because he's fast; he can catch the ball; you can run screens with him. He's got great vision," added Miami Dolphins linebacker Dannell Ellerbe.
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