Beane: The release of McCoy was a 'tough decision'

August 31, 2019

The Buffalo Bills have trimmed their roster to 53 players for the start of the 2019 regular season, and a big name on the list of cuts was running back LeSean McCoy.

Bills general manager Brandon Beane had a conference call regarding the release of McCoy, but, at the time, did not get into the other roster moves made by the team later in the day.

Here's some of what Beane had to say to the media:


Beane on the status of McCoy on the roster after the NFL Draft:

"We believe in LeSean and still believe he can play, but you can't look at every decision in a vacuum. After the draft, you've got a guy like Devin Singletary who we were excited about but some guys transition faster, some guys transition slower.

"It was very difficult, but I believed in LeSean the whole time and, again, it was down to the last minute that we decided to go in this direction."


Beane on the frustration from McCoy about being released:

"He put his best foot forward, this whole camp, this whole offseason. I thought he handled it well, the added competition. He never said anything negative to me."

"But it was a competition, we made that clear with everyone, and I believe in all of our guys... Sometimes, it comes to where you have competition and a good player has to go."


Beane on rookie Devin Singletary and if he is ready for a bigger role:

"We felt he's shown enough in practice and in games. Some of it is physical, but some of it is mental, too. We have some guys that are young players or new players learning our system on any side of the ball."

"We just felt right now that we could get contributions from Devin, that will be up to Brian (Daboll) how he and Kelly Skipper use him. But we felt that he's ready to roll in some form or fashion for our team and that went into the decision."


You can listen to the entire conference call below: