McDermott won't confirm or deny if Eagles have contacted team about McCoy

A report says the Eagles called the Bills about trading for the veteran running back

Sal Capaccio
October 10, 2018 - 1:10 pm

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Sean McDermott didn’t confirm nor deny any LeSean McCoy trade conversation reports on Wednesday, but the Buffalo Bills head coach didn’t exactly shy away from addressing them, either.

McDermott opened his weekly press conference by addressing the report that surfaced Tuesday from WIVB Sports Director Josh Reed that the Philadelphia Eagles had reached out to the Bills to gauge interest in trading their star running back back to the organization where he spent the first six years of his NFL career.

“Just to get out in front of this LeSean thing a little bit the best I can…..LeSean is one of our better players. Thought he had a good game the other day and, really, we’re just looking forward to playing the Houston Texans. We get calls all the time. Incoming calls happen all the time. Brandon [Beane> and I talk a lot, and I won’t go into any more detail than that.”

The Bills and Eagles are both 2-3 this season. Philadelphia starting running back Jay Ajayi suffered a season-ending knee injury last weekend and the Super Bowl champions might be in the market for another back to replace him. The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday, October 30 at 4 p.m. eastern, less than three weeks away.

When asked if incoming calls become more frequent as the trade deadline gets close, McDermott said, “Yeah, it does. I’m not the one fielding most of those calls. That falls under Brandon’s job description, if you will. So I would just imagine they do, it’s just kind of logical sense.”

McDermott was asked directly if the Eagles had called and if McCoy is “available” via trade. He told reporters he wasn’t going to get into any details in both responses.

“Guys, the is why I came out and started where I started. If you just want to hear the same reply I’ll give you the same reply. So, I respect where you coming from and the jobs you have to do, respect where I’m coming from. He’s a valuable member of our football team, and I’m going to leave it at that.”

McCoy was at practice Wednesday, as usual, going through positional work with the rest of the running backs. McDermott said he had not personally spoken to the running back about the report.

 


Derek Anderson’s role:

McDermott addressed the role of veteran quarterback Derek Anderson, who was signed to the team on Tuesday.  

“Let’s not forget, Derek was last on a team last January, and for the most part was out of football since that time. So he’s got work to do," he said. "His primary role, at this point, is to add his wisdom in on and off hours, when coaches aren’t always around, and share his perspective on things with some young quarterbacks in that room in Nate [Peterman> and Josh [Allen>.”

As far as Peterman’s status on the roster, McDermott said he’s “very comfortable” with carrying three quarterbacks on the 53-man roster.  

“That’s an important position, as we all know. The key is they’re both young and we were able to bring in a quarterback with a lot of wisdom that can help in there development.”


Injury update:

Safeties Micah Hyde and Rafael Bush were both back on a limited basis Wednesday, while defensive tackle Kyle Williams and linebacker Lorenzo Alexander both received their usual Wednesday veteran "rest day."

 
 

Numbers:

Anderson is wearing No. 3. Tight end Keith Towbridge, signed to the practice squad Tuesday, is wearing No. 86.



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