The Arizona Cardinals may have a prime candidate to be their backup quarterback next season.
Colt McCoy is visiting the Cardinals next week, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Thursday. Schefter also says that there is a good chance the visit will result in a deal.
McCoy, 34, spent last season with the New York Giants. He passed for 375 yards, one touchdown and one interception in four games. Prior to that, he was with Washington from 2014-2019 and started seven games for them, going 1-6. He was set to take over as the team’s starter in late 2018 before suffering a broken leg, and then dealt with significant competition between Case Keenum and Dwayne Haskins in 2019.
McCoy is a dual-threat quarterback, which makes him a good system fit in Kliff Kingsbury’s offense tailored to Kyler Murray. Brett Hundley and Chris Streveler backed up Murray in Arizona last season.
That’s not great news for McCoy. Garrett has 10.5 sacks this season, and as we’ve seen on plays like this, when he wants at a quarterback, he usually gets him. The Giants backup could be in for a rough game at this rate.
Colt McCoy is staying in the NFC East but moving teams.
McCoy is signing with the New York Giants, NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo reported on Thursday.
McCoy has been with the Washington Redskins since 2014 and has started seven games in that span, going 1-6. He was set to take over as the team’s starter in late 2018 before suffering a broken leg, and then dealt with significant competition between Case Keenum and Dwayne Haskins in 2019.
When healthy, McCoy can be somewhat of a dual-threat quarterback. He will be backing up Daniel Jones on the Giants and has served as a backup quarterback in the NFL since 2012.
The Washington Redskins have finally chosen a starting quarterback for their Week 5 game, and it is neither Case Keenum nor Dwayne Haskins.
Redskins head coach Jay Gruden announced on Friday that Colt McCoy will start against the New England Patriots on Sunday. Gruden claimed he made the decision “a long time ago” but decided to keep it a secret for a while.
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McCoy broke his leg last season and had been out to start the year, but he is fully healthy now. He has been with Washington since 2014, and Gruden said back in March that he would have “total confidence” entering the season with McCoy as the team’s starting quarterback.
Both Keenum and Haskins struggled in last week’s loss to the New York Giants. Keenum was benched after throwing an early interception, and Haskins completed just 9-of-17 passes for 107 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions in relief of the veteran. Gruden has faced questions about whether he is stunting Haskins’ development in a season that already appears to be a lost cause, though he seems to be antagonizing the media at this point.
Gruden may feel that McCoy gives Washington the best chance to win a few games in the short term, which could help him keep his job even if the team doesn’t contend for a playoff spot.
The Washington Redskins have yet to publicly make a quarterback decision, but it sounds like Jay Gruden might have his mind made up.
On Monday, Gruden declined to name a Week 5 starter for the team’s game against New England, but suggested that he wants to see how players perform in practice before cementing his decision. JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington suggests Gruden is leaning toward starting Colt McCoy, but wants to see the quarterback practice first.
Gruden says he might have already made a decision at QB but wants to see the guys perform before he announces it.
McCoy broke his leg last season and hasn’t played since. He is reportedly fully healthy, and if so, that would put him in excellent position to start. Case Keenum has not gotten the job done, and Dwayne Haskins was unconvincing in his Week 4 cameo. It’s not clear if McCoy would do much better, but he knows the organization and the scheme and can’t really do much worse.
There has been a lot of talk about whether it will be Case Keenum or rookie Dwayne Haskins starting for the Washington Redskins against the New England Patriots in Week 5, but is there a chance it could be neither?
Colt McCoy has become somewhat of a forgotten man in Washington, but there was a point before the season when he had a good chance to enter the year as the team’s starting quarterback. McCoy is now fully healthy, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, and he is in consideration to start over both Keenum and Haskins.
Washington head coach Jay Gruden has always been a fan of McCoy, and he said back in March that he has “total confidence” in the former Texas star. McCoy has been with the Redskins since 2014, but injuries and the presence of Kirk Cousins prevented him from getting a real chance to start.
Both Keenum and Haskins struggled in Sunday’s loss to the New York Giants. Keenum was benched after throwing an early interception, and Haskins completed just 9-of-17 passes for 107 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions in relief of the veteran. Gruden made it clear after the game that Haskins has not won the starting job going forward.
Even if Keenum or Haskins gets the nod against the Patriots, it could be McCoy who is the first QB off the bench should the starter struggle.
The Washington Redskins are searching for a solution at the quarterback position with Alex Smith looking more and more likely to miss the entire 2019 season — or are they?
According to ESPN’s John Keim, there are people within the Redskins organization who would have been comfortable entering each of the past two seasons with Colt McCoy as their starting quarterback. The team ended up keeping Kirk Cousins around on a second franchise tag in 2017, and they acquired Alex Smith in a trade last offseason. Assuming those feelings still exist, McCoy could finally get his shot next season.
In addition to some team officials supporting McCoy privately, head coach Jay Gruden has praised him in the media. Gruden said this week that he “could be really ignorant” but has watched McCoy for long enough to know what he is capable of. He also noted how his style of play resulted in the former Texas star getting injured the previous two times he had opportunities to start.
“He’s got to slow down the process, which he will. But I have total confidence,” Gruden said. “He’s got a great knowledge of the system, he’s comfortable with the guys we have, he’s a great leader, he’s a competitor. He can run, he can move and he can make all the throws. But he’s been hurt and he hasn’t done it.”
McCoy has been with the Redskins since 2014. There are very few people who think he is capable of making Washington a contending team, and the latest reports about Smith do not sound promising. If Washington chooses to draft a quarterback and go with McCoy as the starter entering 2019, it will be tough to convince fans it is anything more than a bridge season.
Colt McCoy is out for the season after suffering a fractured fibula on Monday night.
McCoy injured his right leg after slipping while trying to scramble late in the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles. His right leg whipped around and smacked the leg of Malcolm Jenkins, with McCoy getting the worst end of it.
Despite being in pain, McCoy finished the field goal drive for Washington before determining he could no longer play. The veteran quarterback left the field to undergo X-rays, which showed he had a fractured fibula. He was replaced by Mark Sanchez.
The injury comes as a major disappointment for McCoy. He is in his ninth NFL season but prior to this year had only played in seven games since joining the Redskins in 2014. With Alex Smith out for the season, this was McCoy’s chance to show what he could do, but he got injured in just his second start of the season.
McCoy appeared to be in great pain and grabbing his lower right leg after the collision. Though he finished out the field goal drive, McCoy was in pain on the sidelines afterwards and ended up going to the locker room after trying to test his drop back.
Newly-signed backup Mark Sanchez entered the game on the Redskins’ next possession.
Colt McCoy has been a member of the Washington Redskins since 2014, but there’s a chance that could change after the season.
Alex Smith’s injury last week not only opened the door for McCoy to start, but also is giving him a possibility to become a free agent.
NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported on Thursday that McCoy has a clause in his contract that can void the final season of his deal, allowing him to become a free agent. If McCoy plays 25-30 percent of the season — which will happen if he plays the final six games for Washington — he would be able to decline the 2019 option on his contract with Washington, allowing him to become a free agent.
McCoy is set to earn $3.5 million next season, with $2 million guaranteed. He looked good enough in Washington’s loss to Houston last weekend where if he keeps it up, he could be on his way to making more money as a backup next season. McCoy has 27 touchdowns and 23 interceptions in his nine seasons in the league.