ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Given the position he plays and his role in the offense on his own team, Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy might be a biased observer. But he thinks he knows how the Denver Broncos have scored 24 and 42 points in their first two games.
Asked if there was still a place for a quality running game in a pass-happy league, McCoy said he believes there is and then added a thought on the Broncos offense.
“[I] sure do. Look at most teams, the success they have, no matter if the running backs get credit or don’t, the running game is major," McCoy said. “Look at Denver. They have a really, really good offense and talented wide receivers outside, but what makes the engine go is that running back: C.J."
By “C.J.," McCoy means C.J. Anderson, who has rushed for 199 yards in the Broncos’ 2-0 start. That includes Anderson’s first career September 100-yard rushing game on Sunday, when he rushed for 118 yards in the Broncos’ 42-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys.
It is Anderson’s best two-game total since he rushed for 167 and 168 yards in back-to-back weeks in November of 2014. McCoy has had five 1,000-yard rushing seasons, including 1,267 yards last season.
McCoy had a difficult afternoon in the Bills’ 9-3 loss to the Carolina Panthers last week with nine yards on 12 carries. McCoy, now in his ninth year, said Wednesday he’s far more aware of his offseason routine now than players are early in their careers.
“Just putting in the extra work and being very conscious about my weight," McCoy said. “Normally, players tend to get bigger in offseason … now, a little older, not old, but a little older, I’m conscious of my weight, trying to stay around the playing weight, not the up and down."
Anderson incorporated cycling into his offseason work and Broncos coach Vance Joseph has said he believes Anderson is “in the best shape of his life" because of it. Anderson said the cycling has fueled his best early-season work of his career, but also Anderson’s willingness to stick with a workout routine throughout the offseason.
“I do believe I’m in the best shape of my life," Anderson said earlier this week. “I thought I started hot last year, but I am doing some things, recovery-wise, to keep my body fresh and to keep my mind fresh. I want to continue to keep doing that."