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McCoy, Westbrook and the '09 draft

How does LeSean McCoy compare to Brian Westbrook? And did the Eagles get the right running back in the '09 draft? Here's a look at those questions.

McCoy doesn't quite measure up to those Westbrook seasons, but he's certainly in the ballpark.

A couple notes on McCoy as a rusher. He's spoken at length about how he strengthened his lower body in the offseason, and it's shown. McCoy is averaging 5.7 yards per carrry (45 carries, 255 yards) in the fourth quarter of games. Those numbers were of course helped by his performance against the Giants where McCoy had runs of 50 and 40 yards in the fourth quarter.

Not surprisingly, McCoy's been better running to the left side (behind two of the team's better run blockers in Todd Herremans and Jason Peters), where he's averaging 5.1 yards per carry. When McCoy's gotten to the left sideline, he's averaging 8.9 yards.

Up the middle, McCoy's averaging 4.7 yards per carry; 3.9 to the right; and 3.0 to the right sideline.

Here's the comparison as a receiver:

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