LeSean McCoy aiming for 2,000-yard season

LeSean McCoy is putting his money where his mouth is.

The NFL’s self-proclaimed best running back intimated on Wednesday that he’s aiming for the 2,000-yard club this season.

“I’m wondering if I get 2,000 yards, can I win it next year?” McCoy said, via Philly.com.

He floated the notion after accepting the John Wanamaker Athletic Award, given to the athlete who “has done the most to reflect credit upon Philadelphia and the team or sport in which they excel.”

McCoy excelled spectacularly in 2013, when he led the league and set the Eagles’ single-season rushing record with 1,607 yards. He received a career-high 314 carries in his first season under Chip Kelly. He’ll need several more if he wants to hit the prestigious mark, however.

The last player to rush for 2,000 yards, Adrian Peterson, toted the rock 348 times, averaging a mind-boggling six yards-per-carry. As Profootballtalk.com points out, no player has ever totaled 2,000 yards on fewer than 332 carries.

McCoy’s chances of becoming Shady2K are hurt by the addition of Darren Sproles, who could play a major factor in Kelly’s offense. Though the odds are against him, McCoy is not one to be written off. He’s simply too talented and, now, motivated.

Zack Kelberman
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