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LeSean McCoy shines in Kansas City Chiefs debut

The Pitt product accounted for 93 yards from scrimmage

NFL: Kansas City Chiefs at Jacksonville Jaguars Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Former Pitt star LeSean McCoy made his debut with the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, and he had an instant positive impact, as he amassed 93 yards from scrimmage in the team’s 40-26 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

That made McCoy the Chiefs’ third most productive player on offense in terms of yardage, as he trailed only quarterback Patrick Maholmes and wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who had 378 yards and 198 yards, respectively.

The bulk of McCoy’s yardage was gained on the ground, as he ran for 81 yards on 10 carries. He then tacked on a 12-yard reception to bring his total yards from scrimmage up to 93. That included a 31-yard dash in the fourth quarter that put the Chiefs on the edge of the red zone. The team would find the end zone seven plays later to go up 37-13.

McCoy was recently cut by the Buffalo Bills after four years with the franchise, but he was quickly snatched off the free-agent market by former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid. Reid oversaw McCoy’s professional development for the first six years of his career in Philadelphia, and it seems the reunion may pay dividends for McCoy, whose production had sputtered in his final season in Buffalo.

Sunday marked the first time McCoy amassed 80 rushing yards or more since Nov. 11, 2018, when he ran for 113 yards in a 41-10 win over the New York Jets. The only other time he was able to replicate that feat last season was on Oct. 7, 2018, when his 85 rushing yards helped the Bills best the Tennessee Titans 13-12.

McCoy's stated goal is to reach 12,000 career rushing yards by the end of his career, and after Sunday's performance, his career total sits at 10,687 yards. That places him third among active players in carrer rushing yards, as he trails Adrian Peterson of the Washington Redskins (13,318 yards) and Frank Gore of the Buffalo Bills (14,768 yards). McCoy also ranks 23rd on the all-time leaderboard.