1 - Shady set to secure 10k mark on Sunday
Bills running back, LeSean McCoy, has hyped up his coveted 10,000 rushing yard chase since training camp. On Wednesday, he downplayed the achievement as he’s only 39 yards away.
“It’s kind of hard to look at my career right now. We’re still in the playoff hunt. We need big wins to have a shot,” said McCoy. “I think after the season I can really reflect and look at my career and the 10,000-yard mark.”
This Sunday, McCoy will more than likely become the 30th player in NFL history to reach 10,000 rushing yards. Though, it seems his mindset is on the Miami Dolphins and making a push for the playoffs. His last postseason appearance came on Jan. 4, 2014.
You have to respect McCoy’s humility, as his eyes are on ending Buffalo’s 17-season playoff drought. But what he’s soon to accomplish will put him among the best backs in league history.
“That would be cool. That would be dope. I look forward to doing that,” said McCoy. “That’s one thing when I leave this game I want, is my name to be recognized among the top backs. When you’re retired, you have kids, nephews, grandchildren, you can tell them that.”
McCoy entered the league in 2009. Since then, his 9,961 rushing yards leads the league. The top-four includes: McCoy (9,961), Frank Gore (9,386), Adrian Peterson (9,175), and Matt Forte (8,515).
McCoy has to rush for at least 39 yards against the Dolphins to reach 10,000. I’m sure he’ll set the bar higher than that to ensure Buffalo improves to 8-6 on the season. Considering, McCoy manhandled the Dolphins defense in Week 16 last year with 128 rushing yards.
“It’ll come. I’ll get the 10k for sure,” McCoy said. “Hopefully it’s this game, with a 'W'. That’s the most important part.”
2 - How Poyer’s overachieved this season
It’s been a pleasant first year in Buffalo for safety Jordan Poyer. He’s solidified himself as a solid starting safety in the NFL, finally receiving the recognition he deserves.
Bleacher Report came out with their biggest overachievers of the 2017 season. Poyer was one-of-two safeties on the list.
The Oregon State product flashed at times in Cleveland, but it wasn’t until he signed a four-year, $13 million contract with Buffalo in March that he found his NFL home. Poyer and [Micah] Hyde alternate the center field role when Buffalo players single-high coverage, and they can play back together in two-high looks. Poyer adds to his value by blitzing off the edge- he has two sacks this season- and by showing excellent toughness and technique against the run. He’s a savvy pass defender (nine this season) who waits until the last second before the snap to move to his spot in Buffalo’s disguised coverages, and he’s quick enough to follow a receiver down the seam or run to jump a route.
Hyde, who is Poyer’s partner in crime on the back end, is happy he’s getting respected for his prolific play.
“It means a lot. I understand where he came from and how he was overlooked,” said Hyde. “We had a conversation at the beginning of the season about how this is our time. We’re not going to sit back and let people discuss our play in the past. We decided coming in this year was our thing and we’re going to go out there and ball. He’s playing excellent football. I’m happy for him.”
Poyer has started all 12 games he’s appeared in this season. He only had 10 starts in his first four seasons in the league. His 81 tackles this season doubles his previous career-high (37) from 2015. He also has two interceptions and two sacks this season, which is impressive considering he only had one sack and two picks from 2013-2016. Poyer’s the only NFL player with 80-plus tackles, two interceptions, and two sacks.
“It’s great. I worked hard in the offseason. It’s kind of been my whole life, playing the underdog role,” said Poyer. “From high school to college, college to the pros, even still right now. It’s definitely a blessing to be recognized. I’m going to continue to work, continue to grind, and hopefully get more recognition.”
3 - Yarbrough’s hoping to help charities with his ukulele
CBS Sports and Sports Illustrated have teamed up to find the NFL’s Most Valuable Performer. No, this isn’t for the most valuable performer on the field. It’s to find the best off-the-field talent. DE, Eddie Yarbrough, will sing and play the ukulele while representing the Bills.
He admitted that he was a little skeptical at first. But when he heard the winner received $50,000 for their charity of choice, it was game on.
“That’s what peaked my interest. I can go up there and sing and play the ukulele for my cause, like Special Olympics and the boys and girls club,” said Yarbrough. “I can do that. I’m all for it at that point. I sent her the video and it’s on there now.”
Yarbrough learned how to play the ukulele from his college teammate, George. You can watch Yarbrough put his talents on display during his submission video. Additionally, you can cast your vote for Yarbrough at the bottom of the page.
Every vote matters, as qualifying rounds are currently underway. Help Yarbrough get to the live one-hour special on CBS All Access on Thursday, Jan. 25, at 9 PM ET.
“I’m just doing it all for charity. It’s nothing really for me,” said Yarbrough. “I don’t really count myself as musically inclined by any means, but if it’s to better someone else I’m all for it.”
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