1. LeSean McCoy to host charity events in his hometown
LeSean McCoy grew up in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and started playing organized football when he was just five-years old.
He became the leading rusher for Bishop McDevitt high school and heading into his senior year was the No. 1 ranked football player in the country.
Since, McCoy has gone on to have an outstanding NFL career with six pro bowls, two-time all-pro and was the league’s leading rusher in 2013 with 1,607 yards. As part of the LeSean McCoy foundation, he will return home to Harrisburg to host two events in June.
The LeSean McCoy foundation reaches out to Pennsylvania and New York communities multiple times a year to enrich the community and give back. It has a focus on socio-economically disadvantaged children and their families and gives direct support to individuals/families battling ALS also known as “Lou Gherig’s Disease.”
On June 21, the foundation will host “An Evening With The Stars” featuring McCoy and former NFL running back and Bishop McDevitt high school alum Ricky Watters as the keynote speaker. The event at Bishop McDevitt will also award the “Labor of Love, the Tyrell Harris Memorial Scholarship” which is rewarded to students exhibiting academic excellence and a passion for giving back to the community.
The event will raise money toward the scholarship. Eight have been awarded since 2015.
The following day on June 22, McCoy will host his mini football camp at Bishop McDevitt high school for kids aged 7-13. All proceeds from the event go toward the LeSean McCoy foundation.
More information on the events can be found on McCoy’s Instagram.
2. Bills’ to-do list according to B/R
Bills fans are all prepping their grills and backyards for Memorial Day today and while they’re getting their to-do lists done, down at One Bills Drive there’s still plenty of work to be done.
Bleacher Report identified each NFL teams’ rest of the off-season to-do list for where each squad needs to be before preseason arrives.
The Bills’ list is:
- Establish the receiving corps
- Work on Josh Allen's negative tendencies
- Prepare Tyree Jackson to be the backup QB
- Determine LeSean McCoy's successor
The Bills added serious talent to the wide receiving room with John Brown and Cole Beasley and in order for Josh Allen to take the next step forward he’s going to need to take advantage of his receiver additions and develop chemistry with those two.
While readying Allen for the season, Buffalo needs to prepare undrafted quarterback Tyree Jackson to be his backup. The two are similar players, and it's Jackson—not journeyman Matt Barkley—who is best suited to take over if Allen gets injured.
The Bills also need to start preparing for life without 30-year-old running back LeSean McCoy. Whether it happens this season or further the road, he is going to need replacing at some point.
3. This Bill will be key to defensive success this season
NFL.com writer Gregg Rosenthal took a look at players on their rookie contracts whose growth will be beneficial to their teams. Last year, he picked standouts like Dee Ford, Joe Mixon and Marlon Humphrey for their respective teams. Hopefully someone to add to that list this year will be Tremaine Edmunds.
As a 20-year-old rookie defensive signal caller at a new position (middle linebacker), Edmunds understandably struggled early last season. By December, the first-round pick was the Defensive Rookie of the Month. Buffalo treasure Kyle Williams, who retired this offseason, tapped Edmunds to run the players' weekly Thursday film session. As the game slowed down for Edmunds, his instincts, film study and pass coverage ability took over. If he builds on that progress to become the AFC's answer to Carolina's Luke Kuechly -- with Matt Milano alongside as his version of what Thomas Davis was to Kuechly -- the Bills' defense will be tough to beat to the outside.
Keuchly and Davis are certainly the goal for Edmunds and Milano. The two in Carolina have combined for nine pro bowls and six all-pro teams. Keuchly was the 2012 AP defensive rookie of the year and hasn’t’ missed the pro bowl since.
The two veterans ran Carolina’s defense for years and helped lead them to a Super Bowl appearance in 2015.