After Rex Ryan was fired in Buffalo, the Bills hired Sean McDermott as the new head coach. McDermott brought in Rick Dennison as his offensive coordinator and that means the team will have a new offense in 2017.
Dennison worked with running back Arian Foster who was known for catching a lot of passes in his system. Former Pitt standout Lesean McCoy hopes he'll be able to do the same with the Bills.
"The running backs getting the ball in the passing game," McCoy told reporters on Thursday. "That’s something I’ve been a part of, but it’s been a while since I’ve actually got the ball a lot in the air — we do a lot of that. [Rick Dennison is] big on that, you look at all the successful running backs that’s been in his offense, from Arian Foster who I’m a big fan of, he did it on the ground and in the air."
McCoy as a pass-catcher isn't a new idea so he should be at home in Dennison's offense.
He's caught at least 50 passes in four of his eight NFL seasons but he's done less of that in recent years. He had 50 last year, but had only 28 and 32 in 2014 and 2015, respectively. He hasn't caught more than 50 since his days with the Eagles and while I'm not betting on him getting the 78 he did as a second-year player, he could be more involved in the passing game than in years past.
McCoy will be 29 next season and is obviously at the tail-end of his career. But I'm excited to see what he can do in a new offense where he's potentially utilized a little more as a receiver.