Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Mccoy States His Case as Best in NFL

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Mccoy States His Case as Best in NFL

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LeSean McCoy is not backing down from his claim that he's the best running back in the NFL, and he is willing to stack his merits against those of Minnesota's Adrian Peterson.

"Especially the last three years," McCoy said. "Check the numbers."

In the last three seasons, Peterson rushed for 4,333 yards on 5.2 yards per carry, with 34 touchdowns. He also had 87 catches for 527 yards and three touchdowns. McCoy rushed for 3,756 yards on 4.8 yards per carry and 28 touchdowns, with 154 receptions for 1,227 yards and eight TDs.

The McCoy-Peterson discussion started when McCoy said during an ESPN interview earlier this spring that he was the league's top running back. Peterson said in a Fox Sports radio interview last month that McCoy "didn't really mean it." McCoy remained firm in his position.

Peterson, 29, has better rushing statistics, and McCoy has better yards-from-scrimmage statistics. McCoy's two all-pro seasons sandwiched Peterson's 2012 campaign, when he was named the league's MVP.

McCoy, 25, who played college football for the University of Pittsburgh,was on the Eagles' practice fields Monday for the team's second week of organized team activities. The Eagles have two more practices this week and four sessions next week before mandatory minicamp June 17-19.

"I do everything: running, catching, blocking, third-down guy, mixing in and out," McCoy said. "There's nothing that if you ask me to do, I won't do or can't do. In the last three years, I don't think there's a back that's more productive."

Each running back has professed his respect for his rival. Peterson said that McCoy is a "heck of a running back." Before the Eagles-Vikings game last season, Peterson was the first name McCoy mentioned when discussing the top rushers in the NFL.

McCoy said the offseason banter started when he answered a question honestly. …

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