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Bills Today: McCoy's team-based mindset

Posted Oct 11, 2017

Here's the Bills news of note for Oct. 11th.


1 - McCoy’s team-based mindset
In LeSean McCoy’s first two seasons in Buffalo the team led the league in rushing both years. Now in his third season with the Bills, they haven’t been able to find that success. McCoy has stayed optimistic that the results will come. At the end of the day, he just wants to win.

“I want to put the numbers up, I really do. But something that I’ve been working on is being more team-based. That’s something Sean [McDermott] and I have been talking about,” McCoy said. “It’s tough because you want to do well, and if you’re not doing as well but your team is winning. Ultimately, that’s the main goal.”

Head coach, Sean McDermott, talked about the teammate McCoy’s become.

“That’s part of my relationship with LeSean. Early on in his career I knew him, he know me early on in my career, and to watch him evolve as a teammate, is one of the joys of coaching or being a coach,” he said.

Everyone has grown accustomed to McCoy’s staggering numbers. Aside from this season’s Week One game, they’ve been hard to come by.

McCoy has carried the ball 87 times through five weeks this season. He has totaled 279 rushing yards, averaging 3.2 yards-per-carry.

At this time last year McCoy’s stats were solid. On 85 carries he tallied 447 rushing yards, averaging 5.2 yards-per-carry.

The five-time Pro Bowl selection wants more from himself. Though, he’s satisfied with where the team is through five weeks.

“It’s tough… no one judges a game like myself,” McCoy said. “I’m angry about it but at the end of the day, we’re 3-2. We’re in a good situation.

2 - Young players getting valuable experience
The new regime in Buffalo has talked about the importance of building through the draft. A majority of the team’s 2017 draft class has seen significant time on Sundays.

Head coach, Sean McDermott, joined The John Murphy Show on Tuesday to discuss his team’s youth.

“We played, if not started five rookies the other day in the game. How often does that happen in a game?” McDermott said. “And to saw we were in a position [to win] against a team that’s been in the playoffs multiple years… I like the contributions we’ve gotten from some of these young players.”

Five of the six players that were drafted in 2017 saw plenty of snaps on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. First-round pick, Tre’Davious White, played 100 percent of the defensive snaps. Second-round pick, Zay Jones, played 94 percent of the offensive snaps. Second-round pick, Dion Dawkins, played 100 percent of the offensive snaps. Fifth-round pick, Matt Milano, played 62 percent of the defensive snaps. And sixth-round pick, Tanner Vallejo, played 72 percent of the special teams snaps.

McDermott enjoys seeing young talent on the field. He was pleased with Milano, who made his first NFL start against the Bengals.

“I’m excited to see some of these young players that had their first opportunity. Matt Milano for example. Had his first opportunity and it wasn’t too big for him,” he said.

It may not be ideal that the Bills have to lean on these rookies due to injuries. But the young players are getting valuable experience early in their careers.

3 - White’s a top playmaker in the league
Tre’Davious White is making a strong case for Defensive Rookie of the Year. It’s still early, but his playmaking ability has caught attention throughout the NFL.

According to Pro Football Focus, White is ranked second at cornerback in playmaker index through five weeks. The index measures the percent of targets into a defenders coverage that result in a pass breakup or interception. The top-five playmakers are: Patrick Robinson (31.8), Tre’Davious White (27.3), Jourdan Lewis (25.0), Rashaan Melvin (24.3), and Desmond Trufant (23.5)

White’s most notable stat is his passes defended. He has 11, which is the most in the league. The next closest is nine. The rookie has also added one interception this season.

The Bills are on their bye week. White will have to wait to make plays until Oct. 22, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers comes to town.

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