The Philadelphia Eagles have made a big change at running back, signing former first-round pick, running back, and Philadelphia native, LeSean McCoy. The move comes after the Eagles struggled to establish a consistent running game in 2019, with injuries keeping their top running backs off the field for much of the season.
McCoy, who was drafted by the Eagles in 2009, spent six seasons in Philadelphia before being traded to the Buffalo Bills in 2015. Now, at 32 years old, he returns to a team that’s in need of some veteran leadership in the backfield.
Many fans and analysts have criticized the move, citing McCoy’s age and recent decline in production. However, the Eagles are hoping that his familiarity with the team and coaching staff will allow him to make an immediate impact.
Head coach Doug Pederson has expressed confidence in McCoy’s ability to contribute, telling reporters that he brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the team.
“LeSean is a dynamic player who has proven himself time and time again in this league,” Pederson said. “We’re excited to have him back with the Eagles, and we know that he’ll be a valuable addition to our offense.”
For McCoy, returning to Philadelphia is a homecoming of sorts. He grew up in Harrisburg, PA, just two hours from Philadelphia, and has always had a close connection to the team.
“I’m just excited to be back in the City of Brotherly Love,” McCoy said in a statement. “I love this city, and I love the fans. I can’t wait to get started.”
Despite his years away from Philadelphia, McCoy has remained a fan favorite, with many hoping to see him back in an Eagles uniform. Now, he’ll have the chance to make an impact on the field and help lead the team back to the top of the NFC East.
It remains to be seen how much of a role McCoy will play in the Eagles’ offense, but one thing’s for sure – he’s eager to contribute in any way he can.
“I’m just here to help the team win,” McCoy said. “Whatever they need me to do, I’m ready to do it.”