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Eagles' LeSean McCoy praises Nick Foles, ponders 2,000-yard season

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LeSean McCoy wasn't shy to offer praise for both himself and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles while speaking Wednesday after winning a Philadelphia-area sports award.

McCoy first wondered aloud if he could win the John Wanamaker Athletic Award again if he rushes for 2,000 yards next season, setting a lofty goal one year after his 1,607 rushing yards gave him the Eagles single-season rushing record.

The two-time All-Pro back was also quick to laud Foles, who supplanted Michael Vick as the team's starter last season and led Philadelphia to the NFC East title while throwing for 27 touchdowns and just two interceptions, earning a Pro Bowl berth. 

"He’s at that peak where people know him like, ‘Man, this Foles, is he that good?'" McCoy said, via NJ.com. "Because you see the stats, you see the numbers. I think this is the year he blows ‘em out like, ‘Yeah, I’m Nick Foles. I’m Philadelphia’s quarterback. I’m the guy.’ And this is the year he blows it away."

McCoy also repeated his stance that he's the best running back in the NFL, and he's apparently ready to back up that claim.

"I don’t want to keep saying it over and over," McCoy said. "Now it’s time to prove it. I’ve said how I felt. I’ve said what my numbers show. Now it’s time to prove it."

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