LeSean McCoy: DeSean 'will definitely be missed'

LeSean McCoy: DeSean 'will definitely be missed'
April 4, 2014, 2:30 pm
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LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson accounted for 20 of the Eagles' 51 offensive touchdowns in 2013. (USA Today Images)

It may make Eagles fans feel better to know that they weren't the only ones surprised and confused by the team's release of DeSean Jackson.

The only player on the roster more explosive than Jackson was taken aback himself.

"I heard the rumors, but I was surprised for sure," LeSean McCoy said Thursday at the Call of Duty: Ghosts Celebrity Grudge Match, via FoxSports.

"I mean, [DeSean's] probably one of our biggest playmakers that we had. He can make plays at any given time. He can control the game. He’s probably the biggest deep threat in the NFL. To lose a guy like that is definitely tough. He’ll definitely be missed. Obviously every move is made for a reason.

"The guys upstairs made the decision for a reason. When you do things like that, you have backup plans in your mind. You don’t let one of the top wide receivers go and then not have anything to back it up. I’m sure Coach [Chip] Kelly and Howie [Roseman], they’ll be able to take care of it.”

Helping offset the loss of Jackson will be Darren Sproles, the running back the Eagles acquired from the Saints earlier in the offseason in exchange for a fifth-round pick.

The Eagles had three capable running backs last season in McCoy, Bryce Brown and Chris Polk, but McCoy accounted for 314 of the 400 rushes by RBs.

Enter Sproles, who is known more for his pass catching than his rushing, but should still lessen Shady's load in 2014.

"Signing Sproles helps me out as a running back," McCoy said. "I can go in a game even more fresh because I’m getting less carries and less attempts. I had 366 touches [last season], which is a lot. I think me having less attempts can help me be more productive and more deadly. Being fresh in the fourth quarter, things that you don’t think matter really do make a big difference.

"Now defenses have another guy that they have to prepare for. They have to watch out for so many different things, and it’s hard. They only get a week to prepare for us."

McCoy caught 52 passes last season. Sproles has averaged 77.3 receptions the last three years.

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