Last year, McCoy played somewhere in the 215-pound range. This year, he’s down to somewhere between 209-211 pounds. Those five-or-so pounds, McCoy said, make him feel different. “At a lighter [weight], I feel like I’m so much more effective,” McCoy said. “I looked at all my old film and saw how much quicker I was when I was 210 [pounds], 209. It’s a big difference. And I’m feeling like that again. I’ve always made plays. Even last year.” Reported by CSNPhilly.com
No doubt about that. McCoy led the NFL with 1,607 rushing yards. He added 539 receiving yards and 11 total touchdowns. McCoy said he wanted to be “a little bulkier” a year ago. This season, he’s subscribing to a different notion: that “the quicker you are, the faster you are, the better.” As CSNPhilly.com suggests, McCoy has consistently been one of the most elusive running backs in the NFL regardless of size. Each year, he ranks among the league leaders in broken tackles by a running back. McCoy had 366 total touches last season. According to Football Outsiders, he had 51 broken tackles, which was second in the league, trailing only steamrolling running back Marshawn Lynch, who had 59. Among running backs with more than a 120 carries, McCoy was second in broken tackle rate at 13.9 percent. The year before, McCoy had 44 broken tackles, which tied him with Minnesota monster Adrian Peterson for the league lead. McCoy is still big enough, even at 209 pounds, to be physical with tacklers when necessary. For fantasy football owners, the fact McCoy is going the extra mile to gain an edge is good to hear.