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Lesean McCoy headed for big role with Buffalo Bills

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When the Buffalo Bills traded for former Pitt and Philadelphia Eagles star Lesean McCoy, it was expected that he would immediately become the team's top option in the backfield. Recently, teammate and fellow running back Fred Jackson discussed just how busy Shady might be:

"I don’t know exactly what my role is going to be," the ninth-year veteran told WGR.  "They say that they want Shady (McCoy) to get 300-plus carries next year.  So that’s a guy you’re feeding the ball all the time.  So I’ll be ready when my number is called."

That isn't a total surprise and 300 carries isn't something that he hasn't done before. The past two years, McCoy just topped the 310-carry mark and played in every game. If he remains healthy, it seems like a benchmark that could be met.

But it also goes without saying that his productivity will be a big factor in if he is able to reach that mark. Jackson isn't a star but has been a capable running back over the years. If McCoy struggles, Buffalo probably won't hesitate to go to him. The Bills also have a few other options, including 2015 rookie and fifth-round pick Karlos Williams from Florida State.

All told, though, McCoy is clearly the most attractive option so it might take quite a bit for him to lose carries. For now, it appears that Shady will be the primary option - and a heavily-used one at that.

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