May 22, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (25) during organized team activities at the Philadelphia Eagles NovaCare Complex. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
Former Eagles scout and current NFL.com listmaker Daniel Jeremiah has been putting out his "podium awards" in honor of the upcoming Olympics. The idea is that he awards a Gold, Silver & Bronze for each NFL position.
At running back, he gave our very own LeSean McCoy the gold.
McCoy vaulted to the top of this list as a result of his 20-touchdown performance last season. The dynamic Eagles running back piled up 1,309 yards and a league-leading 17 touchdowns on the ground, while also adding 48 catches and three touchdowns through the air. He also led the NFL with 14 rushes for more than 20 yards. McCoy is the most elusive open-field runner in the league and proved last season that he's capable of grinding out the tough yards inside the tackles. Ball security isn't an issue, either, as he's lost a total of three fumbles during his three-year career.
The touchdown production and explosiveness are really what sets Shady apart. He didn't rack up as many yards as Maurice Jones-Drew, but he got into the end zone far more often and was much more of a threat to break big plays.
It should be interesting to see how McCoy performs this season. I think he'll certainly be negatively affected by the loss of Jason Peters, but some of that should be mitigated by his overall growth as a player.