Colt McCoy

Arizona Cardinals
Quarterback #16
Arizona Cardinals
Quarterback #16
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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

Two starts in 2020

McCoy completed 40 of 66 pass attempts for 375 yards, one touchdown and one interception across four games (two starts) for the Giants in 2020.

Analysis: McCoy started two games for the Giants while Daniel Jones dealt with injury, Week 13 against the Seahawks and Week 15 versus the Browns. The veteran managed New York's offense to a victory in Seattle, but he was then held to 221 passing yards without a touchdown or interception in a loss to Cleveland. Coming off a respectable showing in an underwhelming offense, McCoy is well positioned to secure another backup gig when he hits free agency this offseason.

Jan 14, 2021 6:45 PM EST

Bound for backup role

McCoy is expected to return to a backup role Sunday against the Ravens with Daniel Jones (ankle/hamstring) on track to start under center, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The Giants list Jones as questionable ahead of the Week 16 contest, but the second-year signal-caller looks poised to return from a one-game absence after he was able to practice in a limited fashion Wednesday through Friday. While Jones was sidelined in the Giants' Week 15 loss to the Browns, McCoy presided over an underwhelming offense, completing 19 of 31 attempts for 221 yards and no turnovers while leading New York to only six points on the night.

Dec 27, 2020 7:19 AM EST

Average performance in SNF loss

McCoy completed 19 of 31 pass attempts for 221 yards and no touchdowns or interceptions in Sunday's 20-6 loss to the Browns.

Analysis: If we were to ever assign a universal benchmark to describe the cutoff for an "acceptable" NFL quarterback stat line (similar to the Mendoza Line in baseball), McCoy's final results may serve as the best example. He wasn't necessarily bad by any means, but he certainly was not good either. The 34-year-old is a solid veteran backup quarterback that can protect the ball and move the chains on a team with a good defense and running game, two things the Giants currently do not possess. Starter Daniel Jones (ankle/hamstring) remains sidelined, but his status for next week's matchup against the Ravens has yet to be determined.

Dec 20, 2020 11:34 PM EST

Starting again Sunday

McCoy will start for an unavailable Daniel Jones (ankle/hamstring) in Sunday's contest versus the Browns, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: Even if Jones was active, the Browns were expecting to go with McCoy under center. In his sole start for Jones back in Week 13 at Seattle, McCoy completed 13 of 22 passes for 105 yards, one touchdown and one interception in a 17-12 upset win.

Dec 20, 2020 4:13 PM EST

Trending toward Sunday night start

McCoy is expected to start against the Browns on Sunday night, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: McCoy, who began his NFL career as a third-round pick by the Browns back in 2010, looks like he'll get a chance to helm the Giants' offense against his former team. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network was more definitive in his phrasing, as he reported that McCoy "will" start Sunday. Daniel Jones (hamstring/ankle) previously missed Week 13 against Seattle, a game in which McCoy mustered up 101 passing yards and a 1:1 TD:INT ratio. Former Cleveland coach Freddie Kitchens is also set to call plays Sunday, while Jabrill Peppers (selected in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Browns) will draw his usual start at safety.

Dec 19, 2020 10:19 AM EST

Could make second start Sunday

McCoy took most of the reps with the first-team offense at Friday's practice and could start Sunday's game against the Browns with Daniel Jones (ankle) listed as questionable for the contest, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports.

Analysis: McCoy picked up a start Week 13 against Seattle while Jones was sidelined with a right hamstring injury, but Jones was back in action in last week's loss to the Cardinals, only to exit early with a left ankle sprain. Though Jones was able to practice on a limited basis Wednesday through Friday, he didn't look to be moving around particularly well in the first and third of those sessions, which were both open to the media. Given that Jones' compromised mobility played a major role in the Giants' listless showing on offense last week against the Cardinals, the coaching staff may prefer to err on the side of caution and hold Jones out for another game in favor of McCoy, who served as a competent game manager in the upset win over Seattle. The Giants and Browns won't play until 8:20 p.m. ET on Sunday, but expect clarity on New York's plans at quarterback to arrive well before kickoff.

Dec 18, 2020 11:44 AM EST

Manages Giants to victory

McCoy completed 13 of 22 passes for 105 yards, one touchdown and one interception of Week 13 against the Seahawks.

Analysis: The Giants relied heavily on their rushing attack and defense, limiting McCoy's opportunity to take to the air. His only touchdown came late in the third quarter after the Giants took over on a short field and utilized four consecutive rush attempts to move to the six-yard line. Once able to supplement his passing with his legs, the 34-year-old McCoy was only able to muster only two yards on two rushing attempts. It remains to be seen whether Daniel Jones (hamstring) will remain sidelined for a Week 14 matchup against the Cardinals.

Dec 6, 2020 4:41 PM EST

Week 13 start awaits

McCoy is on track to start at quarterback Sunday against the Seahawks with Daniel Jones (hamstring) listed as doubtful for the contest, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.

Analysis: Though Jones was able to make it back on the practice field Friday as a limited participant, McCoy still handled the first-team offense reps for the third straight day, according to Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News. The Giants thus appear poised to proceed with McCoy as No. 1 signal-caller Week 13, marking the 34-year-old's first NFL start since Week 5 of the 2019 season, when he was with Washington. As Vacchiano points out, offensive coordinator Jason Garrett said that a Giants offense without Jones would likely be ran more conservatively, so expect a number of short-yardage throws from McCoy and runs from Wayne Gallman to be dialed up as long as the game flow allows for it.

Dec 4, 2020 11:01 AM EST

Taking first-team reps

Coach Joe Judge said McCoy will handle most of the reps with the first-team offense Wednesday, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.

Analysis: With Daniel Jones tending to a hamstring injury, McCoy will cover for the second-year signal-caller during his recovery period. In this past Sunday's win against the Bengals, McCoy completed six of 10 passes for 31 yards and compiled seven yards on five carries in relief of Jones. If Jones sits out this Sunday at Seattle, McCoy is slated to start his first game since Week 5 of last season with Washington.

Dec 2, 2020 10:08 AM EST

Completes six passes in relief

McCoy completed 6 of 10 pass attempts for 31 yards and carried five times for seven yards during Sunday's 19-17 win over the Bengals.

Analysis: McCoy, who entered the game after Daniel Jones (hamstring) went down with an injury, was rather conservative as a passer while the team leaned on the defense and running game to grind out the win. Jones appeared to be in a great deal of pain and seems to be in danger of missing next Sunday's matchup with the Seahawks. That would presumably propel into the starting role but he performed poorly in his only extended action against the Patriots and would be a relatively risky fantasy play.

Nov 29, 2020 2:04 PM EST

Joins G-Men for backup gig

McCoy is signing with the Giants, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The Giants also have Alex Tanney under contract, but McCoy should be in good position to win the No. 2 quarterback job behind starter Daniel Jones. The 33-year-old has 28 NFL starts to his name, but just three of those have come in the past five years.

Mar 19, 2020 3:35 PM EST

Stays behind in Texas

McCoy did not return to Washington with the team after Sunday's 47-16 loss in Dallas, Michael Phillips of Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

Analysis: This may just be a matter of convenience for a player with roots in Texas, but it could also be taken as a sign that McCoy either plans to retire or will join a new team for 2020. The 33-year-old made his lone appearance of 2019 in a 33-7 loss to the Patriots back in Week 5, completing 18 of 27 passes for 122 yards, with no touchdowns, an interception and six sacks. McCoy's contract will expire at the start of the new league year unless he signs an extension beforehand. His overall track record hints at a competent No. 2 quarterback, tough his three starts within the past five years were somewhat less promising.

Dec 31, 2019 7:00 AM EST

Healthy scratch Sunday

McCoy (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game at Miami.

Analysis: If the Redskins have to make a change at QB on Sunday, as they have in many games this season, McCoy won't be taking the field. Instead, Case Keenum will get the start while rookie Dwayne Haskins serves as his backup.

Oct 13, 2019 8:41 AM EST

Headed for healthy scratch

McCoy likely will be inactive for Sunday's game in Miami, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.

Analysis: Interim coach Bill Callahan plans to use Dwayne Haskins as the backup quarterback behind starter Case Keenum. There isn't much reason to keep McCoy active for the contest.

Oct 11, 2019 3:07 PM EST

Back to bench

McCoy is expected to assume a reserve role Sunday in Miami behind Case Keenum (foot), Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: In his first action of the season this past Sunday, McCoy had a tough go of it against the Patriots, completing 18 of 27 passes for 119 yards and one interception. The Redskins proceeded to fire Jay Gruden in the wake of that contest, promoting Bill Callahan to interim head coach in the process. Per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, Callahan will announce a starting QB "later this week," but it appears McCoy will be the second-stringer, at best, this weekend.

Oct 9, 2019 10:38 AM EST

Overwhelmed by Patriots

McCoy completed 18 of 27 passes for 119 yards and an interception while rushing twice for 14 yards in Sunday's 33-7 loss to New England.

Analysis: McCoy was faced with a daunting matchup in his season debut, so he unsurprisingly struggled against a Patriots defense that's arguably the best in the league. A silver lining here is that McCoy showed some promising chemistry with rookie receiver Terry McLaurin, who accounted for 51 of McCoy's 119 yards. It remains to be seen whether McCoy, Case Keenum (foot) or rookie Dwayne Haskins starts under center when the winless Redskins face the winless Dolphins in Week 6.

Oct 6, 2019 2:40 PM EST

Named as Week 5 starter

McCoy will start Sunday's game against the Patriots, Craig Hoffman of 106-7 The Fan Washington reports.

Analysis: McCoy gets his first start of the 2019 campaign, while the No. 2 job will come down to Case Keenum's health, with the veteran quarterback listed as questionable due to a foot injury. McCoy will have his hands full, facing a red-hot Patriots defense without the services of Jordan Reed (concussion) or Vernon Davis (concussion). Washington also has Terry McLaurin (hamstring) listed as questionable, trending toward another game-time decision.

Oct 4, 2019 10:44 AM EST

Gets some first-team work

McCoy and Case Keenum (foot) both took reps under center during the portion of Thursday's practice that was available to the media, John Keim of reports.

Analysis: Keim's report seemingly rules out rookie Dwayne Haskins from getting the starting nod Week 5 against the Patriots, though coach Jay Gruden declined to name either McCoy or Keenum as the team's top option. Keenum ditched the walking boot on his right foot but was still listed as a limited participant in Thursday's session, which may have resulted in McCoy taking the lead in most of the tea's drills. More clarity on the Redskins' quarterback plans for this weekend should come after Friday's practice.

Oct 3, 2019 12:11 PM EST

Sharing reps with Haskins

McCoy and Dwayne Haskins split the QB reps at Wednesday's practice with Case Keenum (foot) in a walking boot, Rhiannon Walker of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Despite reaching the end of his recovery from a fibula injury, McCoy was a healthy scratch Week 4. Coach Jay Gruden noted the amount of time McCoy missed, but he may reconsider due to Keenum's lingering injury and Haskins' ineffectiveness in his first NFL action. It appears all three signal-callers have a chance to start Sunday against the Patriots.

Oct 2, 2019 12:26 PM EST

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