Colt McCoy

Arizona Cardinals
Quarterback #16
Arizona Cardinals
Quarterback #16
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Gets two-year deal from Arizona

McCoy agreed Monday to re-sign with the Cardinals on a two-year, $7.5 million deal, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: McCoy will be guaranteed $6 million to stick around as Kyler Murray's backup after he played the 2021 campaign on a one-year, $1.2 million contract. The 35-year-old earned the salary bump by helping to keep the Cardinals afloat while Murray was sidelined from Weeks 9 through 11 with an ankle injury. During that stretch, McCoy led Arizona to wins over San Francisco and Seattle while completing 75.6 percent of his passes for 684 yards, three touchdowns and one interception to go with 40 yards on 14 carries. McCoy's familiarity with head coach Kliff Kingsbury's system and his credible performance in the absence of Murray made it an easy decision for Arizona to keep him around.

Mar 14, 2022 1:17 PM EST

Ready for Week 18

McCoy was not on the injury report Wednesday, Josh Weinfuss of reports.

Analysis: McCoy ended up on the injury report ahead of the Cardinals' Week 17 win over the Cowboys after suffering from a migraine last Saturday, ultimately playing in the contest. The quarterback was a full participant at practice Wednesday and therefore appears ready to operate at the top reserve option behind Kyler Murray in the team's Week 18 regular season finale versus the Seahawks.

Jan 5, 2022 5:06 PM EST

Late addition to injury report

McCoy was added to the injury report ahead of Sunday's contest against the Cowboys with a migraine and is listed as questionable, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: McCoy is the primary backup to Kyler Murray, so if he is unable to suit up, then Trace McSorley would likely take over that role in Week 17. However, barring an injury to Murray, neither backup is expected to see the field. More information about McCoy's status will likely be given closer to the 4:25 PM ET kickoff.

Jan 2, 2022 11:59 AM EST

Returning to No. 2 role

McCoy is expected to serve as the Cardinals' backup quarterback Sunday against the Bears after head coach Kliff Kingsbury said Kyler Murray (ankle) will return to the lineup this week following a three-game absence, Stacey Dales of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: McCoy proved to be a capable replacement while Murray was sidelined for the past three games, despite not having top wideout DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring) at his disposal for any of those contests. The veteran signal-caller guided Arizona to a 2-1 record sans Murray and Hopkins, completing 75.6 percent of his throws for 7.6 yards per attempt and a 3:1 TD:INT while adding 40 yards on the ground. Though McCoy is unlikely to see extended action again this season so long as Murray remains healthy, the 35-year-old's strong showing as a fill-in starter should be enough to earn him another one-year deal with the Cardinals or another club this offseason.

Dec 5, 2021 7:39 AM EST

Strong in road start

McCoy completed 35 of 44 pass attempts for 328 yards and two touchdowns against Seattle on Sunday.

Analysis: With Kyler Murray (ankle) out once again, McCoy was asked to step in as starter for the divisional road matchup. That's normally a lot to put on a backup, but McCoy did a good job and kept the Arizona offense steady throughout the decisive victory. The Cardinals get a bye in Week 12 before facing Chicago after that, and by then Murray should be able to step back into the starting lineup.

Nov 21, 2021 7:09 PM EST

Active and starting Sunday

McCoy (pectoral) is active for Sunday's contest in Seattle, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: With Kyler Murray still nursing an ankle sprain, the Cardinals will roll with the healthiest of their top two quarterbacks Week 11. McCoy was able to practice Wednesday through Friday and even capped the week with a full practice, so he should be able to gut out his own pectoral strain. However, he won't have DeAndre Hopkins (inactive/hamstring) or Chase Edmonds (IR/ankle) at his disposal, leaving A.J. Green, Christian Kirk, Rondale Moore, Zach Ertz and James Conner as the top skill-position players available to the offense.

Nov 21, 2021 12:00 PM EST

Likely to start again

McCoy (pectoral) is likely to make his third straight start under center in place of Kyle Murray (ankle) Sunday against Seattle, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Both quarterbacks officially carry the questionable tag, but it looks as though McCoy is in a better place than Murray is. McCoy left last week's game against the Panthers with a pectoral strain and did not return. He was limited in practice during the week but is apparently likely to suit up Sunday. The Cardinals aren't expected to make a final decision until pre-game warmups.

Nov 20, 2021 7:55 PM EST

Gets questionable tag for Week 11

McCoy (pectoral) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Seahawks.

Analysis: According to Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site, McCoy upgraded to full participation in practice Friday after limited showings Wednesday and Thursday, so the veteran signal-caller will more than likely be ready to go come Sunday. The bigger question is whether he'll pick up a third consecutive start, or if he'll revert to his customary backup role in the event Kyler Murray (ankle) returns from a two-game absence. After closing the week with a pair of limited practices, Murray is being viewed as a game-time decision, so clarity on McCoy's Week 11 role may not come until Arizona unveils its inactive list 90 minutes prior to Sunday's 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff. In his previous two turns as starter, McCoy completed 33 of 46 throws (71.7 percent) for 356 yards (7.7 YPA) and a 1:1 TD:INT.

Nov 19, 2021 3:33 PM EST

Logs another limited practice

McCoy (pectoral) practiced in a limited fashion Thursday.

Analysis: Both of the Cardinals' top two quarterbacks are dealing with injuries, with regular starter Kyler Murray also limited due to an ankle sprain. Murray has missed two games in a row due to the injury, and McCoy, who has earned starts on both occasions, was knocked out of this past Sunday's loss to the Panthers with a strained pectoral. If healthy enough to play Sunday in Seattle, Murray will direct the offense, but McCoy and Chris Streveler are the options to cover for him if he needs more time to heal.

Nov 18, 2021 6:01 PM EST

Limited by pectoral injury

McCoy (pectoral) was limited at practice Wednesday, Josh Weinfuss of reports.

Analysis: McCoy has filled in for an absent Kyler Murray (ankle) for most of the past two games, completing 33 of 46 passes for 356 yards, one touchdown and one interception while turning eight carries into 22 yards. However, McCoy made an early exit this past Sunday against the Panthers and eventually was diagnosed with a strained pectoral. Per Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site, coach Kliff Kingsbury said Wednesday that McCoy is "OK," while Murray "has just gotten better every day," but "we shall see how it progresses." Arizona's quarterback situation remains fluid, with any of Murray, McCoy or Chris Streveler potential starting signal-callers for the team Sunday at Seattle.

Nov 17, 2021 5:08 PM EST

Diagnosed with strain

McCoy was diagnosed with a pec strain Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: McCoy was removed from Sunday's loss to the Panthers in the third quarter and was unable to return to the contest. However, he doesn't appear to be dealing with a major injury, and he'll likely be available Sunday against Seattle if Kyler Murray (ankle) is unable to return.

Nov 15, 2021 10:33 AM EST

Injury is to pectoral

Coach Kliff Kingsbury clarified after Sunday's 34-10 loss to the Panthers that McCoy left the game due to a pectoral injury, Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic reports.

Analysis: The severity of McCoy's injury is yet to be determined, but the quarterback was unable to come back into the game after initially being deemed questionable to return. If neither McCoy nor Kyler Murray (ankle) are ready to return to action against the Seahawks in Week 11, the Cardinals will presumably turn to Chris Streveler, who replaced McCoy against Carolina.

Nov 14, 2021 4:50 PM EST

Sustains chest injury

McCoy suffered a chest injury in the third quarter of Sunday's game versus the Panthers.

Analysis: McCoy got banged up on a sack and had to yield the offense to fellow reserve Chris Streveler with Kyler Murray (ankle) missing his second consecutive contest. Prior to his exit, McCoy completed 11 of 20 passes for 107 yards and one interception and had one carry for minus-1 yard.

Nov 14, 2021 3:31 PM EST

Getting another spot start Sunday

McCoy will be the Cardinals' starting quarterback in place of Kyler Murray (ankle) for Sunday's contest against the Panthers, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Murray appeared to be a bit healthier this week than he was during Week 9 prep, actually making an appearance on the practice field as a limited participant Friday. The Cardinals took a decision on Murray down to the wire but ultimately opted to keep him sidelined due to the sprained ankle he suffered during a Week 8 loss to the Packers. McCoy fared well in place of Murray last Sunday at San Francisco, completing 22 of 26 passes for 249 yards and one touchdown while supplying 23 more yards on seven carries.

Nov 14, 2021 11:59 AM EST

Another start likely on tap

McCoy appears on track to make a second straight start Sunday against the Panthers with top quarterback Kyler Murray (ankle) listed as questionable but considered unlikely to play, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Just like last week, the Cardinals are viewing Murray as a game-day decision, though the third-year signal-caller appears to be at least slightly healthier for Week 10 after turning in a limited practice Friday. In any case, Murray doesn't seem to have demonstrated enough progress in his recovery from the sprained ankle to leave the Cardinals optimistic that he'll be available to play, so McCoy will be prepared to make another start after he proved to be an efficient game manager (22-for-26 for 249 yards and a touchdown and no turnovers) in the team's Week 9 win over the 49ers. Arizona plans to take a decision on Murray's status up to game time, but assuming Murray is included among the team's inactive list prior to the 4:05 p.m. ET kickoff, McCoy will be backed up by Chris Streveler. As was the case against the 49ers, McCoy could be working with a depleted pool of talent at the skill-positions; running back Chase Edmonds (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, while top wideout DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring) is listed as questionable but considered unlikely to play.

Nov 14, 2021 6:29 AM EST

Efficient in Sunday's win

McCoy completed 22 of 26 passes for 249 yards and a touchdown and gained 23 yards on seven carries in Sunday's 31-17 win over the 49ers.

Analysis: Getting the start in place of Kyler Murray (ankle), McCoy mostly relied on the Cards' running game to keep the chains moving, but the veteran QB made few mistakes when he did need to air it out. Assuming Murray is able to return to the lineup in Week 10 against the Panthers, McCoy will return to his backup duties.

Nov 7, 2021 8:38 PM EST

Spot start Sunday

McCoy will start for an inactive Kyler Murray (ankle) on Sunday at San Francisco, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Arizona has opted to keep Murray in street clothes while he tends to a medial ankle sprain, allowing McCoy to earn his first start in a Cardinals uniform. In 47 career appearances (30 starts) with five different teams, McCoy has averaged 137.3 yards per game and tossed 30 touchdowns versus 28 interceptions. But in this outing, he won't be afforded the luxuries of DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring, inactive) and A.J. Green (reserve/COVID-19 list), meaning his options at wide receiver are Christian Kirk, Rondale Moore, Antoine Wesley, Andy Isabella and Greg Dortch.

Nov 7, 2021 12:30 PM EST

Appears poised for Week 9 start

McCoy looks to be on track to start under center Sunday against the 49ers with Kyler Murray (ankle) facing an "uphill battle" to gain clearance for the contest, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Arizona lists Murray and top wideout DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring) as questionable for the contest, but according to Rapoport, the Arizona staff doesn't have a "ton of optimism" either player will be available after neither took part in practice this week. Murray will go through a pregame warmup Sunday before the Cardinals decide on his status, but he appears to be trending toward a spot on the inactive list, which will be unveiled 90 minutes prior to the 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff. If that's the case, McCoy -- who took all the reps with the first-team offense this week -- would be in line for his 31st career NFL start. The 35-year-old has mostly served as a game manager throughout his career, so expectations for McCoy should be tempered from a fantasy standpoint, as well as the Cardinals' other skill players.

Nov 7, 2021 6:53 AM EST

Staying prepared for Week 9 start

McCoy took all the reps with the first-team offense during practices Wednesday through Friday to keep himself prepared to start in the event Kyler Murray (ankle) is unable to play Sunday against the 49ers, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Arizona head coach Kliff Kingsbury reiterated Friday that despite not taking reps on the field during practice this week, Murray has continued to stay on top of the Cardinals' game plan and hasn't been ruled out from starting Sunday. For now, Kingsbury is terming Murray as a game-day decision, as the Cardinals want to see how he looks following two more days of rest before making a call on his status Sunday morning ahead of the 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff. If Murray hasn't made enough progress to make the start, the 35-year-old McCoy would pick up his first competitive snaps of 2021, as all three of his prior appearances this season have come when the outcome was already decided. Though McCoy has 30 career starts on his ledger since entering the NFL in 2010, the Cardinals would presumably tailor their game plan to incorporate more runs rather than relying on a pass-heavy attack.

Nov 5, 2021 12:02 PM EST

Signs with Cardinals

McCoy signed a one-year contract with the Cardinals on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: McCoy played four games (two starts) with the Giants last season because Daniel Jones had a hamstring injury. During that time, the 34-year-old quarterback completed 61 percent of his passes for 375 yards (5.7 YPA), a touchdown and an interception. McCoy will serve as a backup to Kyler Murray (ankle) in Arizona.

Mar 30, 2021 5:50 PM EST

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