Oct 7, 2012; Pittsburgh , PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (25) runs the ball past Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Ziggy Hood (96) during the first half of the game at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles LeSean McCoy Better Than Brian Westbrook

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Is it too early to compare Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy to former running back Brian Westbrook? McCoy’s ground game has been money for the Eagles in the past but in 2013 he made a statement. The table below compares career stats between the two.

Name
Rushing Attempts
Total Yards
Avg.
Rush TDs
Receptions
Rec. Yards
Avg.
Rec. TDs
Fumbles
Brian Westbrook1,3856,3354.6414423,9408.93012
LeSean McCoy1,1495,4734.8392722,1277.81010
Difference-236-862-0.2-2-170-1,813-1.1-20-2

Looking at the table above, at his current pace McCoy will surpass Westbrook in rushing yards, rushing touchdowns (he passed Westbrook’s Eagles record last season) and rushing attempts this season. And he will do it in five plus seasons compared to Westbrook’s nine seasons with the Eagles. Even with the addition of Eagles running back Darren Sproles, McCoy should still probably still surpass Westbrook. As we learned last season McCoy has breakaway speed that will extend plays past first contact.

Westbrook has a lock on passing receptions and yards compared to McCoy though. But that difference has been Philadelphia Eagles tight end Brent Celek and now second year tight end Zack Ertz. In Westbrook’s day the Eagles did not have a reliable tight end so he had to fill that role as well. With up and coming Ertz and Celek in his prime it will be hard to see McCoy surpass Westbrook’s reception records.

I have always been a fan of Brian Westbrook. He is probably the most well rounded and versatile back that’s ever played in the NFL. It pains me to say it but I think LeSean McCoy has been and will continue to be a better back for the Eagles than Westbrook. It seems the NFL is moving away from the running game as a whole. But you can’t prove that by McCoy’s performance this season. Look for more explosive and game changing plays from him again this season.

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