He began with a statement. And a sly smile.

When LeSean McCoy meets with the media each week at the NovaCare Complex he usually waits for someone to begin the proceedings by asking a question. Wednesday was different. When he stepped to the podium McCoy started talking.

“I just want to say I think Doug Martin is a heck of a running back” McCoy said with a mischievous smirk.

The assembly laughed. “So he doesn’t suck?” someone asked.

“Nah” McCoy responded. “He’s one of the better running backs for sure.”

The exchange was prompted by McCoy’s tweet on Sunday (see story from The700Level). Shortly after the Giants game -- while the Cowboys and Broncos played in Dallas -- McCoy responded to something ESPN talking head Skip Bayless wrote about Denver running back Knowshon Moreno.