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LeSean McCoy says there is a big gap between Barry Sanders and him


Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy grew up watching Barry Sanders run wild over the NFL. As a running back in the NFL he is following in that legacy and fraternity of running backs. McCoy’s explosive playmaking abilities has drawn comparisons to Sanders over the years, especially when the Eagles play the Lions.

I don’t really see it as a comparison,” McCoy said, via Philly.com. “I think Barry is probably the best running back to ever play this game. They compare us probably because of the cutbacks, but there is still a big gap between us two.”

Sanders rushed for 15,269 yards in 10 seasons, before retiring early in his career. McCoy is little behind the pace with just under 5,000 yards in five seasons.

The Eagles will start quarterback Nick Foles and he has finally been named the starter ending the speculation on a weekly basis.

“Because I’ve been asked the question a thousand times, so I will say he is the starting quarterback for the next thousand years here,” Eagles coach Chip Kelly said, via ESPN. “If I’m wrong next week, then I’m wrong next week.”

Consistency at quarterback could perhaps help McCoy, and with Foles playing as well as he has passing the ball, it could free up McCoy running the ball.

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