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Eagles’ Lane Johnson, DeSean Jackson hoping for a LeSean McCoy return


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Eagles’ Lane Johnson, DeSean Jackson hoping for a LeSean McCoy return

Posted by Michael David Smith on May 30, 2020, 4:07 PM EDT

With reports that the Eagles would consider bringing running back LeSean McCoy back to Philadelphia, a couple of current Eagles are hoping to see it.

Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson and wide receiver DeSean Jackson had a conversation on Johnson’s Instagram live show about their desire to play with McCoy again.

"I want to see it,” Johnson said about a McCoy reunion, via NJ.com. "You already know how I feel.”

Jackson agreed, saying that if the decision were up to him, McCoy would have already been brought back to Philadelphia.

"If we were going off how we feel, there would have been a lot of [expletive] we would have already been seeing, right?” Jackson said.

The 31-year-old McCoy had a career-low 465 rushing yards last season and may not have much gas left in the tank, but if he’s going to keep playing, a return to his original team could be in the cards. His teammates would certainly welcome it.



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During his "Outside The Lane” Instagram show on Friday, Johnson interviewed Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson. Toward the end of the interview, a fan asked Jackson if he wanted to see McCoy return to Philadelphia.


The former Pro Bowl wide receiver has consistently said he wants to reunite with McCoy, so he passed off the question to Johnson, who played with the running back during his first two years in the league.


"I want to see it,” Johnson said about a McCoy reunion. "You already know how I feel.”


Jackson agreed with Johnson but also acknowledged that McCoy’s return was out of their hands.


"If we were going off how we feel, there would have been a lot of (expletive) we would have already been seeing, right?” Jackson said.

McCoy remains an option for Philadelphia, according to NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo. Per Garafolo, the Eagles are also interested in former Falcons running back Devonta Freeman.


Last year, McCoy was cut after a four-year stint with the Buffalo Bills, and he eventually signed with former Eagles coach Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs. Despite getting off to a strong start with the Chiefs, he was a healthy scratch during the team’s Super Bowl LIV win in February.


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Now, McCoy is a free agent again and he has seemingly accepted that he won’t be the focal point of an offense anymore. He told Sirius XM NFL Radio (via ESPN) in April that he plans to play two more years. He also said he wants to take a page out of Frank Gore’s book and become a mentor to a talented young tailback.


"If I could be that guy to help that young superstar to emerge into that superstar superstar, I would love to do that,” McCoy said.


It just so happens that the Eagles have a "young superstar” set to emerge out of their backfield. Miles Sanders, who was the team’s highest running back pick since McCoy in 2009, broke several franchise records during his rookie campaign last season. He shattered the rookie rushing record set by McCoy and ran past Jackson’s all-purpose yards mark as well.

With Sanders set to become the Eagles’ bell-cow back, the team will rely on Boston Scott as his backup, unless the front office decides to bring in a veteran presence. McCoy could be a cheap, familiar option to add to the lineup.


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I don't have a problem with giving him a shot in TC as long as it's understood that he has to earn a spot on the team. He  won't be given one for old time sake.

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The big question is what does he have left? Can he still produce in some way and have a positive impact? If the answer is yes then for around the veteran minimum it is a no brainer.

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