As the Bills implement a new offense, questions remain regarding whether running back LeSean McCoy will be able to adjust his running style to the one-cut approach that coordinator Rick Dennison employs. There’s no question about McCoy’s level of excitement regarding the new air attack in Buffalo.
“The running backs getting the ball in the passing game,” McCoy told reporters on Thursday. “That’s something I’ve been a part of, but it’s been a while since I’ve actually got the ball a lot in the air — we do a lot of that. [Rick Dennison is] big on that, you look at all the successful running backs that’s been in his offense, from Arian Foster who I’m a big fan of, he did it on the ground and in the air.”
Dennison's offenses in Denver didn't feature the running back in a big way over the last two seasons, but while he was the OC in Houston, Arian Foster averaged 3.1 receptions per game from 2011 to 2013. That's a 50-catch pace, which happens to be how many receptions McCoy had last year under offensive coordinators Greg Roman and Anthony Lynn. In other words, we're not expecting a sea change in McCoy's involvement in the passing game. (McCoy does have big upside as a receiver -- he caught 78 passes in his second season in Philly.)
The former Pro Bowler has suffered a myriad of injuries over the past few years, and in an announcement Monday, he cited his body can't take "the punishment" that the NFL demands anymore.
Foster's agent confirmed the news to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. A source added to Rapoport that Foster's retirement is effective immediately. Jay Ajayi has taken over the Dolphins RB job as Foster was trying to come back from a hamstring injury. Looks like Damien Williams and Kenyan Drake will move up on the depth chart.
Oct 21, 2016 · 6:26 PM EDT
Dolphins RB Arian Foster (hamstring, questionable) took full practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 7. Given the full participation, Foster should play but it looks like he’s the RB2 in Miami after Jay Ajayi’s big game against the Steelers.
Oct 20, 2016 · 6:10 PM EDT
Dolphins RB Arian Foster (hamstring) took full practice reps again Thursday. It appears that Jay Ajayi will be the team’s RB1 moving forward with Foster taking on a RB1 role.