How he beats you: The fourth-year pro ranks 10th in the league with 705 rushing yards on 162 carries. With great speed, vision and elusiveness, McCoy last season averaged 4.8 yards per carry and scored 20 touchdowns.
“He’s so shifty, and he can take a play that’s going all the way to the right, and bounce it all the way back to the left and get positive yards, and that’s what makes him so tough,” Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan said of McCoy.
Safety Reed Doughty called McCoy “the best cut-back runner in the NFL.”
McCoy is also a threat as a receiver out of the backfield. He has recorded three touchdown catches this season, tying a career high.
How to stop him: With Michael Vick recovering from a concussion and the Eagles set to start rookie Nick Foles at quarterback, the Redskins figure they will see a lot of McCoy. In the only game he played against Washington last season, McCoy had 28 carries for 126 yards and a touchdown.
Kerrigan says this time around he and his teammates have to be sound in their tackling and avoid getting caught out of position as they try to slow McCoy.
“You’ve got to be on your gap and in your assignment at all times,” the linebacker said. “I would, certainly, [expect a heavy workload for McCoy], especially with how well they’ve run the ball when they have run it this year. I would expect a lot of ‘Shady’ McCoy this week.”