As we mentioned earlier this week, the Buccaneers need to find more ways to get LeSean McCoy on the field. The Bucs don’t need to take reps away from Ronald Jones, but they do need to use both backs in the most efficient way possible.
While Jones has been great on the ground, he has struggled to build any consistency through the air. The Buccaneers need a back to finally step into the third-down role and make a convincing case to retain the job, and McCoy has the best opportunity to do this.
With only five touches last weekend, McCoy was able to remain extremely efficient, which is precisely what the Buccaneers need in a back of his talents.
The Buccaneers would only need to get a handful of rushing attempts set up for McCoy and six or seven targets through the air to maximize his abilities. This would give Tom Brady more opportunities to build rapport with a running back, and the Bucs would get time to see if McCoy is a player they want to bring back next year.
It wouldn’t have to be much, but getting Shady up to just shy of 10 touches a game will significantly improve the quality of the offense.