The Philadelphia Eagles are incredibly fortunate to have a talent as good–and as young–as running back LeSean McCoy. The team knows this, and acknowledged it by signing him to a long-term deal this offseason.
For all of his success, Shady is only 23 years old (he’ll be 24 in a few days). He was the shining star of the Eagles’ offense in 2011 and will likely just keep getting better.
The very thought is enough to put a smile on your face.
McCoy’s talents are recognized around the league, with other great running backs like the Bears’ Matt Forte seeking to use Shady’s deal (5-year, $45 million) as a parameter for their own.
We love the seasoned veterans, but it’s youth that brings continued success to teams. ESPN Insider KC Joyner compiled a list of “10 young stars to build around” and LeSean McCoy was at the top of that list. This is what Joyner had to say:
Pros: McCoy won his first All-Pro honor last season and became one of the highest-paid running backs in the league because he is the type of ball carrier a team can build an offense around. His 342 combined rushes/targets were the fourth most among running backs last season, and he has ranked in the top 10 in the category of good blocking yards per attempt in each of the past two seasons (GBYPA being a measurement of a ball carrier’s productivity when given favorable blocking).
Head coach Andy Reid has said that Eagles may have used Shady too much last season, so it will be interesting to see how his load is balanced this season, as well as how rookies like Bryce Brown and Chris Polk will perform at training camp.