LeSean McCoy Fantasy News
Jamaal Charles will "stack Pro Bowls on Pro Bowls" in new offense
Sunday, June 9, 2013, 6:40pm
“This offense might be the best thing that ever happened to me,” Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles said. “I think this offense will get me open. They’re going to throw me the ball more. I think I’ll continue to stack Pro Bowls on Pro Bowls if I can stay healthy.
“I definitely know my role. I’ve got a lot of stuff to program in my mind right now. There’s a lot of stuff in the Andy Reid offense, the same stuff he did with [Brian Westbrook] and [LeSean McCoy], and I think I fit his scheme as well as they did. Definitely more studying and definitely more knowing the scheme of the defense, especially when I go out there and play another position like wide receiver. I go in there and try to read the defense. I feel like this year it will be more than I catch out of the backfield.”
We have Charles as our #4 RB in standard formats and #3 in PPR. He is right there with Doug Martin in both formats.
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Jamaal Charles to be featured in passing game
Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 11:14am
"You've seen [RB Jamaal Charles] sprint out of the single receiver, and he'll come out of the backfield," Chiefs OC Doug Pederson continued. "He's a guy that needs to move around, and (one) you can put in different positions, motion out the back, shift him from the backfield. He catches the ball so well that you have to take advantage of that offensively."
Charles ranked 22nd among NFL tailbacks last season in terms of total targets (48) and was 13th in 2010 (61). Meanwhile, in Andy Reid's West Coast scheme, LeSean McCoy wound up eighth in targets in 2012 (67) and was first in 2010 (97).
"I think you can use (Charles) more in the passing game," Pederson said.
McCoy averaged 3.8 receptions in 27 games over the last two seasons. That projects to 61 catches over a full season. We currently have Charles projected to catch 57 passes for 465 yards. He is our #3 RB in PPR formats.
Friday, May 17, 2013, 5:36pm
Chip Kelly’s plans remain a mystery, but using deductive reasoning it’s safe to assume that LeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown and company will get more action than they did under Andy Reid. McCoy could thrive in Kelly’s college system, which had zone blocking schemes designed to create space for his running backs. McCoy thrives in space. Kelly likes to use his running backs just as much in the passing game. I think we’ve yet to see McCoy tap into his full potential as a ball catcher.
After an all pro 2011 season, McCoy wasn’t as productive last season. The injuries on the offensive line certainly didn’t help, and he did miss four games with a concussion, but there was something missing from his game – namely touchdowns. After reaching the end zone 20 times in 2011, McCoy scored only five times in 2012. Despite his off-the-field problems and some immaturity issues, I heard McCoy came into spring workouts in perhaps his best shape ever. He still has something to prove. He could have a blockbuster season.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 12:21pm
Saturday, April 20, 2013, 8:23pm
“You’re going to need another back in this offense,” said Eagles RB LeSean McCoy. “This is an offense where it’s not a debate, ‘I can do it myself.’ For one, you are going to do more plays than any other offense. Two, the amount of hits. You’re running so much. If you’re faking it, or running it, pass or not, you’re constantly going. I think any back, no matter how great of shape he’s in, is going to need some extra help.
“You’re running so much, it’s like a freaking track meet. It’s like a relay. You need extra guys.”
The supersonic pace that Chip Kelly deployed at Oregon is now being established in Philadelphia. Everything they do, they do quickly. The practices — like the meetings — are shorter than is standard in the NFL. But that doesn’t mean they are working less.
“Where in a normal offense you might come out here and get 30, 40 reps, we’re out here getting 100-and-something plays off,” said McCoy. “We’re doubling the reps, we’re getting it fast-paced so it’s kind of beaten into your head, going over and over again. It’s one of those things you kind of learn on the run. Just in three days I feel like I have the majority of the offense down.”
Chiefs plan to use Jamaal Charles more in passing game
Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 1:24pm
To help get a feel for star running back Jamaal Charles, HC Andy Reid studied film of the 2010 AFC West champion Chiefs, whose offensive coordinator was Charlie Weis. Reid said Weis’ offense is similar to his and he liked what he saw of Charles.
“Charlie kind of moved him around like we did with our guys [in Philadelphia],” Reid said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings. “I did that just to see how [Charles] handled the quick passing game or the deep passing game from the wide receiver position. He handled it well. So that gives you another dimension that you know is in there that he wasn’t utilized … they just didn’t use it in him the last couple years.”
In 2010, Charles had 1,467 yards rushing and 45 catches for 468 yards receiving. It was his second- highest rushing season total and a career high in catches and receiving yards.
There have been questions whether Charles will fit with Reid because Reid is a pass-first coach. But he is also a smart coach. He knows Charles, who had 1,509 rushing yards last season, is special on the ground and Reid will use him. But he also will give defenses multiple looks at Charles.
Charles had his share of ups and downs thanks mostly to irregular usage. With new coach Andy Reid taking over the play calling, Charles should see consistent touches, especially in the passing game (a la LeSean McCoy and Brian Westbrook, who thrived under Reid). The Kansas City offense should improve, which should lead for more redzone touches as well.
Eagles preparing for run-heavy attack under Chip Kelly
Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 1:11pm
As Duce Staley transitions into his new role as the running backs coach under head coach Chip Kelly, one thing is for certain - the Eagles running backs should prepare to get the ball a lot.
"They should be licking their chops," Staley said.
In 2012, Oregon ranked fourth in the nation in total rushing yards (4,098), first in yards per carry (5.97), tied for first in rushing touchdowns (48) and third in rushing yards per game (315.2). Individually, three rushers gained over 700 yards on the ground. Running back Kenjon Barner was fourth in the nation in rushing yards per game (135.9).
"He can be the best to play the game," Staley said.
In 2011, McCoy earned his first Pro Bowl and All-Pro nod as he gained 1,309 yards on the ground and scored a franchise record 20 total touchdowns and 17 rushing touchdowns. Last season, Bryce Brown notched the two highest single-game rushing totals by a rookie in franchise history.
Eagles to utilize both LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown
Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 11:39am
Pat Shurmur, Chip Kelly’s new offensive coordinator, said Monday that he plans to give both Eagles RBs LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown a generous number of carries moving forward and said he thinks in general, offenses are more effective with two running backs in the mix.
“I think it’s important that you use more than one running back,” Shurmur said. “It’s a long season, and a guy can run out of gas quickly.
“If you have guys who are different, you can use them in different ways, and you try to play to their strengths. I think that’s important.
“I’ve always believed there’s a place on the roster for two good running backs. You have your starter, but the other guy needs to play so they can all get through the season.”
McCoy could still see his usual workload (~21 touches per game), but this news certainly doesn't support the notion that he's going to be the workhorse back in Kelly's offense. Brown looks like the clear handcuff and should be available fairly cheaply on draft day.
Chip Kelly to become Eagles next head coach
Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 3:53pm
The Eagles confirmed a report by ESPN's Chris Mortensen that Oregon coach Chip Kelly, who turned down the Eagles to stay with the Ducks, has now agreed to coach the Eagles. He is flying into Philadelphia this afternoon and will be introduced at a 1:30 p.m. Thursday news conference.
“Chip Kelly will be an outstanding head coach for the Eagles,” team chairman Jeffrey Lurie said in a release. “He has a brilliant football mind. He motivates his team with his actions as well as his words. He will be a great leader for us and will bring a fresh energetic approach to our team.”
No details were available, but a fair assumption might be that the Eagles upped their financial offer. There was much speculation that Kelly got a raise from Oregon to spurn the NFL, but no one ever confirmed that.
There is already speculation that Kelly may elect to retain the services of Michael Vick, who could be a good fit for his offense. Vick's contract ($15.5 million in 2013) and reputation in the locker room will b obstacles to overcome. Consider this a boost for the entire Philadelphia offense, especially RB LeSean McCoy.
Chiefs fire GM Pioli, hire Andy Reid as coach
Friday, January 4, 2013, 11:32am
Just one hour after the team announced they parted ways with general manager Scott Pioli, NFL.com's Steve Wyche reports that the Chiefs reached an agreement to make Andy Reid the team's next head coach, according to source with knowledge of contract. The contract is being reviewed.
It's not hard to see why Kansas City was attractive to Reid. The team had five Pro Bowlers despite a two-win season. They play in a weak division with a strong fan base and an ownership with a history of respect in the league. Most importantly, they can offer Reid what they offered Pioli: Control.
Reid will be able to shape the organization in his image. He is expected to bring a general manager or personnel director that he's familiar with so they can work together in lockstep. But make no mistake: Reid will be in charge.
Reid has had a rough few years in Philadelphia, but it's clear that he's an upgrade at head coach and it sounds as if he will have final say on personnel issues as well. This is good news for the Chiefs organization and especially Jamaal Charles, who should thrive under Reid, who wasn't afraid to use LeSean McCoy and Brian Westbrook. This also could impact Dwayne Bowe, as his contract negotiations should get a fresh start.
LeSean McCoy to start in Week 16
Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 12:16pm
Monday, December 17, 2012, 5:35pm
The Eagles would be much better off to just keep McCoy out for the season, but since he's been cleared there is a chance he plays this week after missing the last four weeks. He likely won't be up to his normal game shape, so Bryce Brown will continue to be a factor. Looks like a situation to avoid.