LeSean McCoy

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Running Back #25
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Running Back #25
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LeSean McCoy News

Looking for the right situation

After contemplating retirement, McCoy confirmed he is now looking for the right situation in 2021, Grant Gordon of NFL.com reports. "I've had some talks to my agent Drew Rosenahaus. I was contemplating retirement. I've had some teams reach out. I think right now it's just all about being in shape, being ready for the call and also the right road, the right fit," McCoy told NFL Network's MJ Acosta on NFL Total Access.

Analysis: McCoy is coming off his second straight Super Bowl run, going back-to-back with the Chiefs and Buccaneers over the past two seasons. The 33-year-old recorded 31 rushing yards across 10 games last year in Tampa Bay but could find a more prominent role on a team in need of rushing depth.

Jul 13, 2021 8:38 PM EST


No action for second straight SB

McCoy was active but did not log a snap during the Buccaneers' 31-9 win over the Chiefs in Super Bowl LV on Sunday.

Analysis: The veteran has now been to two Super Bowls in his career and has yet to log a snap, as in addition to failing to get into Sunday's contest, he was a healthy scratch for the Chiefs' Super Bowl LIV win over the 49ers a year ago. After inking a one-year deal with the Buccaneers last offseason, McCoy ultimately logged just 25 touches (10 rushing, 15 receiving) all season, as both subsequent signing Leonard Fournette and rookie Ke'Shawn Vaughn ate into his opportunities. McCoy never touched the ball during Tampa Bay's postseason run, but he did display some explosiveness at times when seeing action in 2020. Now having carried the ball just 271 times over the last three seasons combined, the degree of wear and tear on the 32-year-old's body may arguably not be commensurate to what is considered an advanced age for a running back. Whether McCoy will have a chance to substantiate that in 2021 in Tampa Bay or elsewhere remains to be seen, however.

Feb 8, 2021 10:28 AM EST



One snap in conference title game

McCoy logged just one snap from scrimmage without a touch during the Buccaneers' 31-26 win over the Packers in Sunday's NFC Championship Game.

Analysis: The veteran back was active for the second straight postseason contest, but just as in a divisional-round win over the Saints, McCoy didn't have a chance to touch the ball against the Packers. Given his sparse usage over the last several weeks, it appears likely McCoy could be headed for a quiet Super Bowl for the second straight year after being saddled with an inactive designation for the Buccaneers' upcoming title-game opponent, the Chiefs, in last year's edition of the contest.

Jan 25, 2021 10:48 AM EST


No action in playoff win

McCoy was active for Sunday's divisional-round win over the Saints but logged just two snaps from scrimmage and went without a carry or target.

Analysis: The veteran running back was in uniform at the expense of rookie Ke'Shawn Vaugh, but McCoy never saw a touch during the contest. Coach Bruce Arians may opt to once again have McCoy in uniform in Sunday's NFC Championship Game due to his experience, but unless injuries strike Leonard Fournette and/or Ronald Jones, the 32-year-old may once again play a minimal-to-non-existent role.

Jan 18, 2021 12:11 PM EST


Practices in full

McCoy (illness) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: McCoy was forced to miss last weekend's wild-card win over Washington due to an ailment, but he now appears back to full health. With Ronald Jones (quadriceps) still not practicing, it's possible that the veteran could get a chance at handling expanded depth duties alongside Ke'Shawn Vaughn during Sunday's road game against the Saints. Of course, Leonard Fournette will be the clear favorite to lead Tampa Bay's backfield if Jones is limited or can't go.

Jan 13, 2021 1:36 PM EST



Downgraded to out

The Buccaneers have ruled McCoy (illness) out for Saturday's wild-card matchup at Washington, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: McCoy was initially listed as questionable on Thursday's injury report, but it appears that his ailment is severe enough to rule out any chances of playing this weekend. The veteran's absence could open up more opportunities for Ke'Shawn Vaughn, who stands to operate in a No. 3 role behind Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette.

Jan 8, 2021 1:11 PM EST


Questionable with ailment

McCoy (illness) did not practice Thursday and is questionable for Saturday's game in Washington.

Analysis: McCoy missed Tuesday's practice with a "non-injury" designation before participating fully Wednesday, but it appears as though he's now dealing with an illness. If he's unable to receive full medical clearance in time for Saturday's wild-card matchup, Ke'Shawn Vaughn could end up handling increased duties as the No. 3 option in Tampa Bay's backfield.

Jan 7, 2021 3:31 PM EST


Resumes practicing fully

McCoy (non-injury) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: McCoy appears to have received a day of rest Tuesday, and there's now no reason to doubt his availability for Saturday's upcoming contest in Washington. The veteran running back stands to handle his usual depth role behind Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette.

Jan 6, 2021 1:52 PM EST


Listed as DNP

McCoy (non-injury) was listed as a non-participant on Tuesday's practice estimate, Carmen Vitali of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: McCoy was inactive for this past Sunday's game against the Falcons and his presence on the Buccaneers' estimated injury report Tuesday suggests that the running back isn't a lock to be available for Saturday night's playoff opener against Washington.

Jan 5, 2021 1:50 PM EST


Won't dress for Week 17

McCoy (coach's decision) is listed as inactive heading into Sunday's game against the Falcons.

Analysis: Despite being present at practice Wednesday through Friday, McCoy is dealing with a non-injury-related issue of some kind that will cause him to miss his sixth game of the regular season. With Tampa Bay preparing to go on the road for a wild-card matchup next weekend, McCoy will return to a backup offensive role once able to rejoin the team. The 32-year-old had totaled 72 scrimmage yards on nine offensive touches in his three most-recent appearances Weeks 14 through 16.

Jan 3, 2021 8:52 AM EST


Used exclusively as pass catcher

McCoy did not log a carry in Saturday's 47-7 win over the Lions but brought in his only target for five yards.

Analysis: The veteran back wasn't able to garner work in the ground game despite Ronald Jones (finger/reserve/COVID-19) sitting out a second straight game, as coach Bruce Arians opted to give rookie Ke'Shawn Vaughn extended opportunity in the second half. McCoy was therefore limited to just one reception over his 13 snaps from scrimmage, making the four rush attempts he logged against the Vikings in Week 14 seem like an outlier at this point. McCoy is likely headed for minimal action again during a Week 17 contest versus the Falcons.

Dec 27, 2020 6:03 PM EST


Limited to pass-catching role

McCoy did not log a carry in Sunday's 31-27 win over the Falcons but secured all three targets for 32 yards.

Analysis: McCoy was slated to perhaps see a handful of carries as the primary third-down back as part of the domino effect of Ronald Jones' (finger/reserve/COVID-19) absence Sunday, but he saw Leonard Fournette (14 carries) and Ke'Shawn Vaughn (two carries) handle all the backfield rushing work. However, with a 17-0 halftime deficit tilting the Buccaneers toward the pass, McCoy benefited in the form of his trio of looks through the air. The veteran has a combined eight touches (four rushing, four receiving) over the last two games, a modest level of involvement that renders him a non-factor for despite a favorable Week 16 Saturday afternoon matchup versus the Lions.

Dec 20, 2020 6:31 PM EST


Slated to handle third-down duties

McCoy projects to primarily fill a third-down back role in Sunday's game against the Falcons, with Leonard Fournette and rookie Ke'Shawn Vaughn slated to handle mostly early-down work, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The veteran saw his first touches since Week 6 in last Sunday's win over the Vikings, gaining 35 total yards (32 rushing, three receiving) across 16 snaps from scrimmage. McCoy is now expected to have a steady role for the second straight game due to the absence of Ronald Jones (finger/reserve/COVID-19), with Laine noting the 32-year-old will be given a chance to put his receiving prowess to work on passing downs once again. McCoy's conditioning is reportedly a bit behind where it ideally should be given his sparse playing opportunities this season, but Tom Brady, who's found plenty of success with backs with McCoy's pass-catching acumen over his long career, reportedly has plenty of trust in the 12-year pro.

Dec 20, 2020 6:40 AM EST


Efficient with rare carries

McCoy rushed four times for 32 yards and secured his only target for a three-yard reception in the Buccaneers' 26-14 win over the Vikings on Sunday.

Analysis: With Leonard Fournette a healthy scratch, McCoy saw his first touches since Week 6 and nearly matched the six carries on the season he'd come into the game with. The veteran unsurprisingly looked quick and decisive on his runs, as he has fresh legs after having played very little over the last 12 months when also factoring in the very quiet conclusion to his Chiefs tenure last season. McCoy's solid production may have earned him another chance to serve as a complementary back in a Week 15 divisional battle against the Falcons.

Dec 13, 2020 8:35 PM EST


One snap against old squad

McCoy logged just one offensive snap and did not record any statistics in the Buccaneers' 27-24 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday.

Analysis: McCoy has now logged a combined four snaps over the last six games, with all of those concentrated between Weeks 10 and 12. The veteran running back has been rendered an absolute non-factor when Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette are healthy, and even rookie Ke'Shawn Vaughn's inactive status didn't equate to any action for McCoy.

Dec 1, 2020 5:56 PM EST


Left out of game plan

McCoy didn't record a snap in Monday's 27-24 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: Despite Ke'Shawn Vaughn serving as a healthy scratch for a third straight game, McCoy wasn't utilized at all Monday, conceding the backfield duties to Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones. This was the fourth time in five games that McCoy didn't log a snap on offense.

Nov 24, 2020 12:39 PM EST


Logs three snaps in Week 10 win

McCoy did not record any statistics over three snaps from scrimmage in the Buccaneers' 46-23 win over the Panthers on Sunday.

Analysis: The veteran running back's irrelevance persisted in Week 10, although McCoy at least saw a smidgen of game action after not logging a single snap over the three prior games. McCoy appears destined for a similar outlook during the second half of the season as long as the likes of Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette remain healthy in front of him.

Nov 16, 2020 1:01 PM EST


Lack of game action persists

McCoy failed to log a snap for the third consecutive game in the Buccaneers' 38-3 loss to the Saints in Week 9.

Analysis: The multi-time Pro Bowler has seemingly become a forgotten man in the Buccaneers backfield, despite retaining active status each week. McCoy last received a touch from scrimmage in Week 6 against the Packers, when he rushed four times for one yards and also recorded one catch for six yards. Even with rookie Ke'Shawn Vaughn inactive, McCoy seems to have little chance for meaningful opportunities -- if any at all -- as long as Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette are healthy ahead of him.

Nov 12, 2020 12:28 PM EST


No snaps in Week 7 win

McCoy did not log a snap from scrimmage in Sunday's 45-20 win over the Raiders, with the return of Leonard Fournette from an ankle injury playing a significant role, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: McCoy had just received his second-highest snap count of the season (19) in Week 6 against the Packers, but that had come with Fournette inactive. Sunday, coach Bruce Arians opted to utilize Fournette in a change-of-pace and nickel-situation role in place of McCoy, with the former proving he was up to the task with 97 yards from scrimmage on 17 total touches (11 carries, six receptions). Arians went as far as saying "Leonard is our nickel back now" following the game, leading to speculation McCoy could serve as an occasional healthy scratch moving forward as long as the rest of the backfield is available.

Oct 28, 2020 11:55 AM EST


Logs five touches in return

McCoy (ankle) rushed four times for one yard and brought in his only target for six yards in the Buccaneers' 38-10 win over the Packers on Sunday.

Analysis: The veteran made his return from a one-game absence, but as his final numbers imply, his impact was minimal, even with Leonard Fournette (ankle) inactive. McCoy's four rush attempts were actually a season high, but after logging a combined 11 targets in Weeks 2 and 3, he's seen just a target apiece in each of his last two contests. McCoy could eventually be surpassed by rookie Ke'Shawn Vaughn on the depth chart, but the rookie will likely have to further prove his mettle in pass protection and as an outlet option out of the backfield before that comes to pass.

Oct 18, 2020 8:41 PM EST


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