LeSean McCoy mo­ti­vated and fo­cused

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - JOHN WAWROW

— An in­jury­plagued sea­son and a brush with the law in Fe­bru­ary have led LeSean McCoy to fo­cus on be­ing a bet­ter player and leader en­ter­ing his sec­ond year with the Buf­falo Bills.

“I’ve got lots to prove this year, you know,” the Bills run­ning back said Fri­day, a day be­fore Buf­falo opens it train­ing camp out­side Rochester. “A lot of peo­ple are doubt­ing me and doubt­ing this team, this of­fence. So I’m big into an­swer­ing a lot of doubts.”

McCoy was re­flec­tive in dis­cussing how re­lieved he was when no charges were filed against him fol­low­ing an investigation into his role in a nightclub brawl in­volv­ing off­duty po­lice of­fi­cers in Philadel­phia.

Pros­e­cu­tors said they could not prove who ini­ti­ated the Feb. 7 fight in which two of­fi­cers were in­jured. And they said it’s le­gal for a per­son to act in self-de­fence or the de­fence of oth­ers.

Though not­ing he was proven right in say­ing he did noth­ing wrong, McCoy said he never should have put him­self in what he called “a bad sit­u­a­tion.”

“As a leader, the guy that I want to be for this team, things like that just can’t hap­pen,” McCoy said. “I mean, you don’t hear other guys like Pey­ton Man­ning or Tom Brady get­ting into in­ci­dents like that.”

As for his on-field per­for­mance, McCoy is mo­ti­vated to show­ing what he’s ca­pa­ble of af­ter his pro­duc­tion was ham­pered by in­juries dur­ing his first sea­son in Buf­falo.

“Oh, man, I’ll tell you what, I went back to that old ’Rocky’ men­tal­ity,” McCoy said, re­fer­ring to the Os­car-win­ning film. “I put all the Bent­leys and Rolls-Royces away and got to work.”

List­ing him­self at 210 pounds, McCoy said that’s the light­est he’s been since 2010, his sec­ond sea­son in the NFL. “Oh man, I’m back,” the 28-year-old McCoy said. “I’m ready to get out there and per­form and come here to do what they brought me here to do, and that’s to make big plays.”

McCoy got off to a slow start af­ter hurt­ing his left ham­string in train­ing camp last year. He later hurt his right shoul­der and then missed the fi­nal two games be­cause of a right knee in­jury. He fin­ished with 895 yards rush­ing and five touch­downs in 12 games.

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