SetYourselfFree wrote: I think he has Brian Westbrook upside if everything breaks right.
Not as fast, not as elusive, not as good of a receiver, and not as good of a blocker. He has not proven he can shoulder the load for the whole season.
McCoy pales in comparinson to Westy. I have stayed away from him in all drafts. McCoy is a serviceable RB who does alot of things ok, but nothing really great.
This sounds kind of like what people said when Westbrook came into the league. He was too small, not quick enough, not a good blocker.
I've give you that Westbrook is a better receiver (albeit not by as much as you're thinking) and certainly last year he was a better blocker, but it's foolish to think that those skills can't be improved upon. McCoy was drafted because of his receiving tools, it's just a matter of reps and coaching to get him further along. By most accounts it sounds like the beat reporters were impressed by McCoy this offseason for how much more comfortable he is with the system.
I think a lot of people think of the glory years of Westbrook instead of the reality: Westbrook was a great pass catcher with poor "between the tackles" running skill for most of his career. He was injured often enough to never play a full 16 games. In the two years Westbrook took it between the tackles he produced great rushing totals but only lasted two years while never really having the full load put on him.
If you ask me, McCoy is on the same trajectory as Westbrook and just needs to toughen up a bit as a rusher.