I was weary of McCoy as a first round pick throughout the preseason. While Greg Roman tends to lean on the rushing game, his offense never seems to be in a huge hurry. A lack of plays limits the potential for McCoy to produce the stats that help win weeks. This injury doesn’t help my lack of confidence in him. Soft tissue injuries tend to be a recurring and I feel like owning him means you are constantly waiting for another injury, especially playing games in Buffalo, New York, and New England.
As for who to own as a handcuff for McCoy that picture is a little hazy at the moment. Going into Tuesday’s practice Fred Jackson (hamstring), Boobie Dixon (calf), Bryce Brown (hamstring) and Karlos Williams (hospitalized/undisclosed) were all out. I still like Jackson as the guy to be most effective but he is on the wrong side of 30. Id expect a mix of Brown and Jackson, making either guy not very interesting. Brown played well in the first preseason game for the Bills. I would look to their second and third game this preseason as strong indicators for who may be inline behind McCoy.
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If your league has yet to draft, I would wait until the 3rd round before I felt comfortable enough to take a shot on McCoy. There are too many players I like more to take a shot on him before then. It also likely means I would miss out on him, which I’m not too upset about. And for those who may think Ray Rice to Buffalo could make sense, Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News reports that there is “zero chance” the Bills sign the running back.