LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson are easily the Eagles’ top 2 offensive players.
McCoy has ankle-shattering moves and consistently finds holes when it appears none are to be found. Jackson makes up for a lack of size with a surplus of speed that has allowed him to make this impressive start to the 2013 season. Let’s look into their numbers a bit.
Shady easily leads the NFL with 514 rushing yards through 5 games. Adrian Peterson trails that with 421 of his own, and only has 6 less attempts than McCoy. McCoy also ranks 8th among running backs with 186 receiving yards. Overall, McCoy is on pace to have 1,645 rushing yards with 10 rushing touchdowns and 595 receiving yards.
DeSean Jackson is currently the NFL’s 4th leading receiver with 525 yards. He has stepped up in a huge way with the loss of Jeremy Maclin. He’s well ahead of players such as A.J. Green, Calvin Johnson, and Wes Welker in receiving yards, and has proven several times this season that he has incredible big-play ability.
More importantly, Jackson has been able to rebound from missing 1,000 yards receiving in back-t0-back years from 2011 to 2012. Without his presence, the Eagles’ primary targets would be Riley Cooper and Jason Avant, giving defenses less to care about and McCoy even less room to run.
The Seans (whether it be De or Le), have made themselves staples in this Eagles lineup over the last few years, but have more importantly established themselves as integral part of the Eagles’ system in front of new head coach Chip Kelly. Because of what he has seen from them so far this season, Kelly knows that he has two young weapons to build a team around.