LeSean McCoy realized the vulnerability of NFL players after DeSean Jackson's release, and the lesson he learned is that a player's value to a team goes beyond production.
"No matter how good a player is, it’s a team, and if you can’t buy in, anything’s possible," McCoy said Wednesday, expounding on comments he made to NFL.com about Jackson's release.
The Eagles have said the decision to part with Jackson was motivated by football reasons and was about re-configuring the wide receiver position. But McCoy, whose status in the league and on the team allows him to be honest, interpreted the release as whether a player will "buy in" to a system.
“I’m not sure what the rest of the team, they took out of it. I was speaking for myself," McCoy said. "A player like that who had done so much for my franchise, even in the year that Chip was here, the stuff he did. Some players, some teams, might think he’s producing on the field, that’s the only thing that matters. Small things I take out of everything, and that was what I took out of that.”