LeSean McCoy: Hall Of Famer, Mentor-In-Chief

July 30th, 2020

One thing Bucco Bruce Arians and Tampa Bay fans will soon realize about the newest Buccaneer, running back LeSean McCoy, is the guy with the 22nd-most rushing yards in NFL history loves mentoring young players and being a team-first voice.

Even after an offseason filled with off-field allegations in 2018, McCoy was named Bills captain. And Andy Reid didn’t pick up McCoy last season after Bills final cuts on on a whim.

Recently, Joe heard McCoy speak of how he enjoys working with young players and setting an example in the locker room. Arians didn’t have that kind of influential force among his running backs before today.

With 11,071 rushing yards and 503 career catches, and a long record of durability, McCoy is a great pickup for a lot of reasons.

It’s all-in for 2020, and if McCoy can have a flashback game or two, that could be enough to get the Bucs to playing January football rather than returning Christmas gifts at International Plaza.

43 Responses to “LeSean McCoy: Hall Of Famer, Mentor-In-Chief”

  1. Kobe Faker Says:


    Gump doing his Gump things

    5 years past any production

    This guy spends 10 seconds dancing behind the LOS

    This guy is a bad dude off the field

    You can have the GOAT but if you have the GUMP


    Kobe Faker

  2. Roy T. Buford Says:

    He’s “Shady” in a lot of ways. A key needed piece for the winning set. Bucs average age getting up there…but…I think some had them Power Ranked at 10 and this certainly can’t hurt! Huge bonus is he he can bring RoJo and Ke’Shawn up to speed.

    Pressure is definitely on the O line.

  3. geno711 Says:

    Todd Gurley could double his career rushing yards and still be short of McCoy’s total rushing yards.

    Todd Gurley could double his career receiving yards and still be short of McCoy’s totals.

  4. Not Kobe Says:

    Kobe – was 2017 five years ago? Man the time flies during Covid. In fact he had 4.6 YPC last year. How many backs surpassed that with 100+ carries?

  5. Jaymiss Pick6 Again Says:

    Mehhhh…Indifferent. Just a body at this point. DeVontavFreeman would have been a tad more expensive but worth it.

  6. Jason Says:

    All I’ve heard for the last few months is everybody whining for a veteran running back.

    We signed a veteran running back and all I hear is more whining.


  7. Wesley Says:

    Nice we desperately needed a solid veteran back.

  8. SB Says:

    Unnecessary signing in my opinion but Joe and I disagree on the RB conundrum.
    Still though I like it. Cheap and adds depth and experience.
    I saw hundreds of times last yr where JW could have dumped the ball off to our RBs and chose to force the 25 yarder instead.
    I think we were set at RB but I build houses for a living.

  9. Pittbucfan Says:

    I’m good with this. I think back to how Hardy Nickerson and Lonnie Marts helped with young to-be HOF guys and more building that dominate defense. I’m good with it as long as the price is right.

  10. Jason Says:

    How are they doing cuts this year?

    It seems to me like the sickness may lead to more veterans in camp incase you need an emergency starter.

    Will we see more signings early instead of waiting for other teams to make cuts?

  11. Joe Says:


    Tough year for rookies but practice squads have expanded. If there are some bubble rookies, Joe is guessing they try to hide them on the practice squad. Rough for rookies all over the league.

  12. gp Says:

    **Rough for rookies all over the league.**

    That’s a fact!
    Good signing for a veteran to help ‘coach up’ the young-uns.
    Not expecting a flash season for him but solid for depth and designed plays

  13. Colorado Says:

    Lesean McCoy is pretty good, but he doesn’t compare to 6’1 speed demon Marvin Kinsey out of Colorado State. Currently on the Edmonton Eskimoes.


    He can catch. Third down back maybe?

  15. Dom>Licht Says:

    WHAT.. thought we were set at RB last year?? Drafted and signed one.. still the worst RB rotation in our division

  16. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    He can catch, he came Cheap, and adds depth and experience.
    What’s not to like ?

  17. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    I think he can catch the ball out of the backfield on 3rd down.

  18. Caleb Lee Says:

    Love the fact he will be in the running backs room mentoring Vaughn..

  19. SOEbuc Says:

    Championship teams have good vet depth that have played on championship teams. Licht bringing in another good vet to teach kids up. I’m excited if he can shine up Keshawn Vaughn (at some point) something nice. Another nice “win now” move.

  20. Joe in Michigan Says:

    I can only hope that LeSean McCoy will be as popular with Bucs fans as Gerald McCoy was. Hahaha

  21. Stanglassman Says:

    Not only is this year’s practice squad is expanded to 16. You can also put vets on it and some of the player can be protected. In case of positive COVID test teams can activate players 90 minutes before the game.

  22. Ndog Says:

    Man this team is going to be great in two years.


  23. BucDan Says:

    Happy with the signing because it brings another winning attitude into the locker room. Another player that knows what it takes to get a ring and I have no problem with paying for a year of veteran leadership at the RB position. A position that has not had a leadership presence since Ernest Graham lined up in the backfield.

    It’s one thing to lean on an ‘everyday’ vet like Dare, it’s another when the vet is a possible HoF candidate (as Joe suggests).

  24. Jeffbuc Says:

    We signed a qb who loves throwing to his runningbacks. Then we go sign a veteran runningback who is great at catching the ball out of the backfield. And fans are talking crap about this signing. But these same people will draft McCoy in there fantasy league because they know if he stays healthy he has a good cahance of catching 80 balls this year. Now you have to deal with our tight ends, our stud wide receivers, and a great receiving g back on third downs. What’s not to like about this signing. If Brady would have stayed with the patriots and they signed McCoy you all would be saying why did t we sign McCoy for peanuts. Jameis could have used him as a dump off to cut down on his turnovers. Some of you fans are just miserable people. I’m juiced of the thoughts of are already stacked offensive team adding McCoy to the huddle on third downs some one is always going to be open and we have a QB who will find that person and keep the chains moving

  25. Tampabuscsbro Says:

    Apparently signing a running back to a cheap one year deal has some peeved……

  26. David Says:

    Seems like a good signing to me. They did not have the money to sign someone in their prime. He’s basically going to be a leader amongst the running backs and he knows what to do out of the backfield to catch passes.
    Good signing.

  27. JimmyJack Says:

    Jeff well put. We just replaced Dare on third downs. Dont think anybody expecting Shady to rip off 80 yarders all year. But I’ll take him on 3rd downs over Dare all day.

    If he can help us move the chain’s consistently and chip in a few big games,like Joe said, I dont see how anybody can complain…….Let’s hope he can keep himself healthy and do just that.

  28. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Leave it to Ndog to worry about what the Bucs will look like in 2 years. We haven’t made the playoffs in 14 years, we finally have a contender to MAKE the playoffs, and he’s worried about 2 years from now. You can’t make this stuff up.

  29. Cainishere Says:

    It’s really a shame that you folks do not give Rojo enough credit.
    Sure, McCoy will help with his experience, has good hands too.
    He understands what a winning environment is about and is an awesome team player.
    Perhaps he will have a continuance of his Cinderella story in Tampa Bay.
    Go BUCS!!
    Seems like the Bucs agree with my philosophy being the more winning experience you have around your young team the more they will emulate that what they are seeing and put it into practice.

  30. Bucsfan951 Says:

    “Man this team is going to be great in two years.”

    Meanwhile his man crush is working on a 1 yr deal bc that’s all he could get!

  31. Ndog Says:

    What you don’t realize 951 is this horrible franchise is all Brady could get.

  32. BUC CHEEKS Says:

    Jeff and Joe in Michigan nailed it. Ndog u crack me up. You’re literally Captain Butthurt.

    Love this signing, SUPER LOW RISK – HIGH REWARD!

    Let’s GO!!!

  33. Cainishere Says:

    Ndog . . . you are way off on the evaluation of the team minus these three HOF offensive weapons added to the team.
    The Bucs overall are a pretty damned good football team.
    2002 had doubters too, till they snuck up on ya and bitcha!!
    GO BUCS!!!

  34. DanBucsFan Says:

    VERY very good pick up for OUR Bucs! He will help RoJo and Vaughn, as well as be a reliable player out of backfield for Brady. So what is not to like???? Its not like we need him to be the savior or we are breaking the bank with his salary.

  35. Buc15 Says:

    Dude for 1M veteran min, we got an absolute steal. Dont listen to NDOG, he is just still soured up about Winston. We could sign Mahomes & he was still be salty. Maybe, just maybe the plan is to sign with the Saints for one year to get intel & re sign with the Bucs.

  36. D-Rome Says:

    The only player in the RB group that should need mentoring is Ke’Shawn Vaughn. If Ronald Jones II needs mentoring in his 3rd year then he’s a BUST.

  37. admin Says:

    It’s really a shame that you folks do not give Rojo enough credit.

    Credit for what???

  38. Oneilbucs Says:

    This is a 1 year window next year Brady will be 44 years old and yall really think that Bruce Arians is coming back next season I just don’t think so . He might but it’s a strong chance he’s not . And again we were the only team that wanted Brady . He really didn’t have a choice but to come here. I understand were Ndog is coming from we want a dynasty or at least be a contender the next 10 years. That’s thinking long term not short term we already experienced being a 1 hit wonder why go back to that. We had a good time in the late 90s and early 2000s. But what happened every since??

  39. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    Shady will obviously be used as a pass catcher and situational due to experience. I think the biggest reason is for him to be a mentor to these young RBs.

    I also watched tape of Marvin Kinsey……he’s not fast…no NFL quality agility or quickness or lateral movement needed at the NFL level….he’s just a big OL freight train running the ball with good hands.

  40. gp Says:

    We’ve had a ‘freight train’ running the ball before. As I recall, he was pretty good.

  41. Jeffbuc Says:

    Rojo enough credit. This move helps rojo and the rest of the backs more than anything. Rojo came in as a 20 year old and got advice in giant runningback room from barber and dare. Now he has an all pro resume guy to teach him all the little nuisances he probably doesn’t know. This signing helps that runningback room more than Anything. He gets to ask McCoy all these questions on real life game experience. And they are more similar backs than barber and rojo. So this way we get to see if rojo is the real deal. He has a veteran who has been there done that to help him. So if he fails this season we know he won’t ever succeed. If you can’t excel with the weapons we have and a veteran teaching you then you are who you are. A college stud who couldn’t translate to the nfl.

  42. CalBucsFan Says:

    Jeffbuc nailed it, welcome LeSean McCoy to the Buccaneers!

  43. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    McCoy has not produced in years. They probaby only signed him because we’re down a guy for a few weeks.