I already know what you're thinking: "Ah, the inevitable offseason 'He's in the best shape of his life!' fluff piece." I totally don't blame you for thinking that.
But with Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, it's kind of true. McCoy, who weighed about 215 or 216 in 2013, is now down to around 209 or 210. When asked how he feels, McCoy said "Lighter."
"Just been working hard. Watched the things I eat. Just training. The good thing about this offense, being in my second year, is that I know what to expect. I know what Coach Kelly wants. I know there's tons of running. Especially with my role, even with [Darren] Sproles, there's so many more things we're doing now with him than expected. So I gotta be in shape."
It's an interesting change for McCoy because he was already so successful at his 2013 weight. He obviously finished the season as the NFL's leading rusher and earned too many awards to list. McCoy explained the motive behind the weight change.
"I feel like at a lighter pace I'm so much more effective. I looked at all my old film and see how much quicker I was when I was 210, 209. There's a big difference. And I'm feeling like that again. I've always made plays. Even last year I made a lot of plays. But just, you know your body, you know yourself. I wanted to be a little bit more bulkier last year. Sometimes it's like a mental thing."
The change is noticeable. Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, speaking before the team's training camp practice on Thursday, pointed out that McCoy was one of two Eagles players that looked the most different from last season from a physical standpoint.
In any case, it's good to see McCoy isn't complacent with his 2013 performance and he's still working to get better. If he's anywhere near successful as he was last season, he'll be a real treat to watch.