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LeSean McCoy says he's "the guy" in the Bills' backfield

Posted at 1:19 PM, Aug 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-06 13:43:08-04

PITTSFORD, N.Y. (WKBW) — LeSean McCoy hears the criticism but says this season he's "the guy".

On Tuesday McCoy made his first public comments about the upcoming season and how he’s handling the doubters as he heads into his 11th NFL season.

“It’s weird. Since I’ve been like nine-years-old I’ve been like the top guy so it’s crazy to hear stuff like that,” McCoy said. “I learned how the media is, how you guys are, how people are, how fans are, fantasy team owners, you have a bad two games and then you have three hot ones and you’re the man again.”

McCoy is coming off his worst statistical season in the NFL. In 2018, McCoy rushed for just 514 yards on 161 attempts adding three touchdowns. His lack of production has landed him in the center of trade rumors, which he says are nothing new.

“For the last two years, people have been saying that. If that was the case I would’ve been gone.”

The 31-year-old running back said all he cares about is winning football games but admits 2019 feels different.

“There’s always something, there is always talk about something, whether it’s off the field, on the field, it’s age, it’s my salary, it’s always something so I’ve kind of used to learn that nowadays at motivation.”

2019 will be McCoy’s fifth season in Buffalo. During his time with the Bills, the team has made the playoffs just once. But after two weeks of camp, he likes the direction the team is heading.

“I’m happy with the new additions we’ve added to the team. Josh [Allen] is in his second year and he looks really good, he looks more determined, he looks focused and more confident.”