Beane: McCoy 'will come back' in 2019

The Bills general manager met with the media for his end-of-season press conference on Monday

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December 31, 2018 - 5:42 pm

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One year after the Buffalo Bills snapped their 18-year playoff drought, the 2018 season came to an end on Sunday with a 42-17 win over the Miami Dolphins. After finishing 9-7 in 2017, the Bills take a minor step back with a 6-10 finish this year.

Bills general manager Brandon Beane met with the media on Monday for his end-of-season press conference from One Bills Drive.

Here is some of what Beane had to say from his end-of-year assessment of the Bills:


Beane on Derek Anderson's impact on Josh Allen:

"Derek gives another set of eyes that's done it before in this league. There's no replacement for that. He's been great for Josh, but also great for Brian Daboll."


Beane on Josh Allen:

"You want him to be able to run. He took too many hits early on in the year, but got much better down the stretch. You don't want your quarterback to rely on the running game. I was proud of Josh. I honestly didn't know from the day we drafted him how much he would play. We tried to let it come naturally. Obviously, the time came earlier than expected."


Beane on the offensive line:

"Good teams can run the ball. Sometimes, our offensive line was out of sync. I felt that our run game never got into a consistent groove. That's something we need to be honest about as we make changes."


Beane on LeSean McCoy:

"He is a part of our plan. It was our entire run game that struggled, not just one person. I think if we can improve in others areas, that will help LeSean. That being said, he will come back in 2019. I'm not a believer that LeSean is done. If he gets back to form, I think he's still a weapon."


Beane on Lorenzo Alexander:

"At the end of the day, we like Lorenzo and we appreciate all he's done for this organization. I think we all can agree he can still play. It's similar to getting a deal like Kyle [Williams]' a year ago. We'll meet with him and try to get him back for 2019."


Beane on Tremaine Edmunds:

"Everybody forgets that he's only 20-years-old, and still growing into his body. Mentally, this was a big step. A lot was asked of him that wasn't asked at Virginia Tech."


Beane on Robert Foster:

"I can't say enough good things about him. Both Robert and Levi Wallace will be poster children for 'it does not matter where you're picked.' Was he upset [about being cut]? Heck yeah, but he stayed during the bye and kept working."


Beane on the offseason cap space:

"I think it would be careless to say that I need to certain positions in free agency, because they might not be upgrades. It's not about having to spend it, it's about having it to be smart with. In my perfect world, we draft, and we sign our own. We'll be selective and smart."


You can listen to Beane's entire press conference below:

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