As the clock ticks closer and closer to the start of training camp, let's dive in and learn a little more about the players who will be counted upon to make key contributions to the 2010 Philadelphia Eagles. Today, our Nuggets series focuses on running back LeSean McCoy.
1. LeSean McCoy set the team's rookie rushing record with 637 yards last season. His 945 yards from scrimmage ranked second all-time among Eagles rookies (DeSean Jackson, 1,008 in 2008). Among NFL rookies last season, McCoy was third in rushing yards behind Denver's Knowshon Moreno (947) and Arizona's Beanie Wells (793). In scrimmage yards, McCoy was second among all NFL rookies only to Moreno's 1,160.
2. You might not realize it, but McCoy also caught 40 passes out of the backfield for 308 yards last season. Another impressive note about McCoy's rookie season is that he played in all 17 games (including playoffs) and started in four of them. What can we expect as McCoy goes from a very productive year one into his second year? Looking at recent Eagles running backs, Duce Staley went from little-used rookie to 1,000-yard rusher in his second year. Correll Buckhalter, the previous record-holder for team rookie rushing yards, had six more touchdowns (two to eight). And Brian Westbrook? He added nearly 500 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. Wow!
3. We talk all the time about the young nucleus of players on the Eagles offense. McCoy certainly fits the mold as he just celebrated his 22nd birthday this past week (7/12/1988). But McCoy isn't just young on his own team, he's one of the youngest running backs in the league. Among players expected to start or make a significant impact, there are only two backs in the league younger than McCoy - Detroit's Jahvid Best (1/30/1989) and Wells (8/7/1988).
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 11:20 a.m., July 18