LANDOVER, MD. --LeSean McCoy calls himself "a work in progress." Just imagine what he will be like when he has become a finished product.
McCoy carried the ball a career-high 28 times for 126 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 20-13 win over Washington, He ran tough between the tackles, made defenders miss and was a powerful forch against Washington's very physical defense.
In an uneven offensive performance -- the Eagles rolled up 422 yards but went just 2 of 5 in the red zone and scored only 20 points -- the Eagles had McCoy to rely upon time and time again.
"It shows the fight we have on this team," said McCoy. "I think this is the first game all season that we played Eagles football. We know there are a lot of things we need to clean up, but we played our kind of football today. It was big.
"We're sticking together and it showed here. We needed this game and we got it."
McCoy even gave head coach Andy Reid a chest bump late in the game when McCoy thought he had gained a first down on second and 3 on the final play before the two-minute warning, getting to the left edge and staying inbounds. As it turned out, McCoy was just inches short and quarterback Michael Vick sneaked for the first down on the next play to officially end it.
"I thought I got there and I stayed in bounds and I was happy," said McCoy. "I was having fun. We're still young here. We're like his (Reid's) kids. I wanted to celebrate with him."
There is plenty to feel good about as far as McCoy's progress goes. He became the first Eagle to score touchdowns in six consecutive games to open a season and so far this year he has 569 rushing yards and 6 scores, along with 21 receptions and 2 more touchdowns.
McCoy is averaging a robust 5.4 yard per rushing attempt.
"I have a lot to learn, a lot to improve," he said. "I have to finish off my runs better and not give up on some runs, follow them through. It's like everything: I can get a lot better."
For now, though, he will take the rest. McCoy showed his punishing side with the 28 carries, part of an Eagles' ground game that gained 192 yards on 38 attempts.