BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - We always hear age is just a number but in the NFL when a running back hits 30, they're supposed to "hit a wall" and see their production decline.
LeSean McCoy reached that benchmark in July and shows no signs of slowing down. In fact head coach Sean McDermott believes the running back is in the best shape of his life.
"I think it's a healthy 30, you know," McDermott said Sunday.
"Him being 30, I don't think that means a whole lot," guard John Miller added. "He looks like he's getting better and better."
According to Pro-Football Reference, 46 times in NFL history as a running back aged 30 or more ran for more than 1,000 times in a season. McCoy's career, to a degree, has been extended since he typically avoids the big hits.
"He's so elusive you can't get a good shot on him," Miller added. "He's always wiggling. He might juke you, shake you, spin -- you don't know what you're going to get from him."
When the season kicks off in September, McCoy will continue his march toward 12,000 career yards. John Miller and Dion Dawkins sensed a laser focus from the running back while working out with him this summer.
"Shady is a Hall of Fame player, as you know," Dawkins said. "That's what separates him from the other 30 year old guys. He's an elite player. He's just different. That age doesn't mean nothing to him."
"To watch him develop and how the way he's handled this camp, he's done a nice job," McDermott added.
McCoy didn't play in the Bills' preseason opener against Carolina and it remains to be seen how much action he'll see against the Cleveland Browns as the Bills work to get him game ready.