McCoy rushed a career-high 31 times for 184 yards, one off his career-high of 185 yards. He got a heavy workload early in the game as he carried the ball 20 times for 115 yards which made him the NFL's leading rusher by halftime.
All of that is good but McCoy is looking at the marathon of a season ahead of him. The fifth-year back wants to Eagles to be aware of how many reps he is getting as the season moves on. Philly Mag's Tim McManus spoke with McCoy about the situation. The former Pitt Panther was not ripping the coaches but did say he does not "need to have the ball 31, 32 times in a game." McCoy says that Bryce Brown is more than capable of stepping in if called upon by the Eagles.
McCoy, 25, is coming off a tough season last year in which he missed four games due to a concussion. He rushed 200 times for 840 yards and two touchdowns which was definitely a sharp decline from his 273-carry, 1,309-yard, and 17 rushing touchdown season in 2011.
This season might represent the heaviest workload he has ever received but it isn't unreasonable to expect. Teams need to put the ball in the hands of their best player to succeed and that's why McCoy needs the ball. It also doesn't hurt that the Eagles signed him to a five-year, $45 million deal in May 2012 which shows he is being paid to handle the workload.
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