It didn’t necessarily matter what happened thereafter — the moment the Tampa Bay Buccaneers found a way to both sign Tom Brady and lure Rob Gronkowski out of retirement, they officially made the marquee move of the offseason. But among its many under-the-radar moves, including the signing of 6-time Pro Bowler LeSean McCoy.
The depth chart would certainly be much more of a reason to fear if it were say, 2011. Yet, even so, the Buccaneers’ depth chart alone will provide them with a puncher’s chance at winning their first NFC South crown since 2007.
The days of scheming plays to get McCoy the ball on a 30 touch per game basis remain in the rearview. But make no mistake: “Shady” still has the ability to put those defenders in that same rearview in a limited role. Over the past two seasons, he’s averaged 699 yards from scrimmage as a non-featured back.
ESPN’s Jenna Laine confirmed the inevitable in a recent ESPN story. LeSean McCoy will be fighting for scraps in a secondary, or tertiary role behind Ronald Jones. For that reason, his “ceiling” is limited. But players of McCoy’s caliber have proven they can produce in any role.
Early reports have offered that the former two-time All-Pro back has established a positive rapport with Brady. There are some fixes his game needs. His snap count sputtered a bit after untimely fumbles midway through the year. But, there’s reason to believe he could be set for a redemptive year. That in mind, here are a few predictions for LeSean McCoy in 2020.