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Hours after getting released, LeSean McCoy finds a new home with Chiefs

Hours after getting released, LeSean McCoy finds a new home with Chiefs

Shady is back with Big Red.

LeSean McCoy, released earlier in the day by the Bills, will be reunited with Andy Reid, according to a tweet by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

NFL Network reported early Saturday that the Eagles were interested in bringing back McCoy, but that never made any sense considering the team drafted Miles Sanders in the second round this year, signed 24-year-old former Pro Bowler Jordan Howard, brought back Pro Bowler Darren Sproles and has a healthy Corey Clement. 

McCoy, Reid’s second-round draft pick with the Eagles in 2009, played his first four years under Reid in Philadelphia and had one of his best seasons in 2011 under Reid, when he made first-team all-pro for the first time after rushing for 1,309 yards, catching 48 passes and leading the NFL with 17 rushing TDs and 20 total TDs.

Bills coach Sean McDermott coached under Chiefs coach Andy Reid from 1999 through 2010. Chiefs general manager Brett Veach was with the Eagles from 2004 through 2013, so he’s also spent a lot of time with Shady. 

With the move from Buffalo to Kansas City, McCoy goes from a middle-of-the-road team with a terrible offensive line that hasn’t won a playoff game in 24 years to one of the AFC favorites, a team that’s averaged 11 wins per year since Reid got there in 2013 and has won three straight AFC West titles.

As a vested veteran, he became an unrestricted free agent as soon as the Bills released him and did not have to clear waivers before agreeing to contract terms with a new team.

In Kansas City, McCoy should quickly become the Chiefs’ lead running back. 

The Chiefs have pretty much been without a feature running back since they released 2017 NFL rushing leader Kareem Hunt after a video showing him involved in an altercation with a woman became public.  

The Chiefs added former Dolphin Damien Williams this offseason, but Williams ran for only 733 yards in five seasons with Miami. They also added Carlos Hyde, who had a couple big years with the 49ers, but they traded him over the weekend to the Texans. They also have second-year pro Darrel Williams, who has just 13 career carries, and rookie sixth-round pick Darwin Thompson on the roster.

McCoy, who rushed for an Eagles-record 6,792 yards from 2009 through 2014 before getting traded to the Bills by Chip Kelly, is coming off the worst season of his career.

McCoy’s streak of five straight Pro Bowl seasons ended last year when he averaged just 3.2 yards per carry and ran for just 514 yards and three touchdowns.

McCoy is 31 and going into his 11th season. But he’s only one year removed from a season in which he ran for 1,138 yards, caught 59 passes for another 448 yards and ranked fourth in the NFL in yards from scrimmage with 1,586, behind only Todd Gurley, Le’Veon Bell and Kareem Hunt.

He needs 25 catches to become the seventh player in NFL history with 10,000 rushing yards and 500 receptions.

But that 3.2 average last year was second-worst in the NFL among backs with at least 100 carries, ahead of only another former Eagle, LeGarrette Blount of the Lions, who averaged 2.7.

McCoy is a six-time Pro Bowler overall and ranks 25th in NFL history with 10,606 rushing yards.

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Andy Reid chimes in on Donovan McNabb's Hall of Fame credentials

Andy Reid chimes in on Donovan McNabb's Hall of Fame credentials

Donovan McNabb thinks he’s a Hall of Famer.

And his former coach does, too.

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, who spent 11 years here with McNabb, told reporters covering the Chiefs Wednesday that McNabb deserves to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

“I’m his biggest fan. I was there, I know he belongs there,” Reid told reporters at Chiefs training camp in St. Joseph, Mo., according to a video tweeted out by Kimberley A. Martin of Yahoo Sports. “You talk about the great players in the National Football League? Five championship games, a Super Bowl? All those things? Great football player and did some things that weren’t being done at that particular time in a lot of areas. I think the world of him.”

McNabb told TMZ Sports back in May he believes he had a Hall of Fame career.

“I’m not hesitating on that. I am a Hall of Famer,” he said. “When they look at my numbers, yeah, but then they always want to add other stuff into it. ‘Was he an All-Pro? Was he this? How many Super Bowl opportunities?' … My numbers are better than Troy Aikman.”

McNabb ranks 11th in NFL history with nine playoff wins, but he was also 1-4 in NFC Championship Games and lost his only Super Bowl appearance back in 2004.

Every other quarterback in NFL history that’s won at least nine playoff games that’s eligible is in the Hall of Fame. But they’ve all also won at least one Super Bowl, other than Jim Kelly, who got to four.

McNabb spent 11 years with the Eagles before finishing his career with the Redskins and Vikings.

This was the fourth year he was eligible for the Hall.

The only players in the Hall of Fame who spent more than half their career with the Eagles are Brian Dawkins, Chuck Bednarik, Reggie White, Pete Pihos, Tommy McDonald and Steve Van Buren.

This year's Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony is scheduled for Saturday in Canton, Ohio.

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How Andre Dillard grew up playing in the Andy Reid offense

How Andre Dillard grew up playing in the Andy Reid offense

During the summer of 2011, when Mike Leach was in between coaching jobs at Texas Tech and Washington State, he spent a couple days at Eagles training camp with his close friend Marty Mornhinweg.

Leach was up at Lehigh to visit Mornhinweg, then the Eagles' offensive coordinator, but also to learn about the Andy Reid offense, a pass-happy system in an increasingly pass-happy league. The Eagles’ quarterback coach back then? A guy named Doug Pederson. You've probably heard of him.

Two years later, Leach became head coach at Washington State and installed an offense that Eagles fans might recognize.

The Cougars throw. A lot. Like a record-setting amount.

There are certainly differences in Washington State’s offense and the Eagles’, but check this out: Since 2012, when Leach became Washington State’s head coach, the Cougars have thrown 727 more passes than any other Division I program.

Last year, the Cougars netted 4,859 passing yards and 1,096 rushing yards.

And who was blocking Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew’s blindside when he threw 51 passes per game this year, most in college football?

Andre Dillard.

See how this all fits together?

The Eagles moved up three spots from 25 to 22 Thursday night to draft Dillard out of Washington State, and when you talk about fit, it’s hard to imagine a better one.

More and more each year, the NFL is a passing league, and the Eagles are certainly near the forefront of that trend. They’ve thrown the ball the sixth most in the NFL in three years under Pederson, and that’s not going to change.

That’s how you win in today’s NFL.

And in Dillard, the Eagles have a guy who grew up not only playing under the coach who’s historically thrown the ball more than any coach in major college football history, but also grew up playing in a system designed by a guy who studied Pederson’s mentor.

So the Eagles just drafted a guy who’s been playing in a pretty close approximation of the Eagles’ offense for the last four years.

Offensive linemen are boring, but can you imagine where the Eagles would have been over the last two decades without Tra Thomas and Jason Peters?

Over the last 21 years, Thomas and Peters started 293 of a possible 336 games at left tackle for the Eagles. They are both all-time Eagles, and now the Eagles have the heir apparent.

Dillard is big and strong and NFL-ready. He’s got a lot to learn, and he’s got a Hall of Famer to learn it from. But at some point — some point soon — he’ll carry on that left tackle tradition that No. 72 and No. 71 have built.

It’s hard to imagine anybody coming into this offense more prepared than a guy who pass blocked more than 2,000 times over the last four years. Over 50 times per game.

The Eagles have an elite quarterback they have to keep healthy if they’re going to have a chance to continue as an elite team. Peters is 37 and heading into his 16th season. He’s a Hall of Famer, but he’s nearing the end.

Jordan Mailata is an intriguing prospect, but he’s never played a snap in the NFL, he’s been playing organized football for only a year, and as big and strong and powerful as he is, when you have a chance to snag an Andre Dillard, you have to do it.

The Eagles have been building along the lines for nearly three decades, and although there have been missteps along the way — we’ll save you the agony by not mentioning Jon Harris, Danny Watkins, Bernard Williams, Leonard Renfro, etc. — it’s a philosophy that’s proven to be wise.

The Eagles build out from the trenches, and they win a lot of football games because of it.

Dillard will show up here for OTAs next month looking like a guy who’s already played in this offense. Because for all intents and purposes, he has.

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