Giants to Sign Ex-Redskins, Browns Starter to Backup Daniel Jones: Report

Colt McCoy expected to sign with Cardinals

Getty veteran QB Colt McCoy.

Word broke a day ago that the New York Giants were delving into the veteran quarterback free agency market. While reports originally pointed towards Big Blue having an interest in bringing in journeyman quarterback Matt Moore to compete with Alex Tanney for the Giants’ backup QB role behind starter Daniel Jones, New York has since decided to go a different route.

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Giants to Sign QB Colt McCoy

Daniel Jones appears to have a new backup, as NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo has reported that the Giants have agreed to terms with former Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy.


McCoy, a Likely Upgrade Over Alex Tanney

While New York will likely call it a competition between McCoy and Alex Tanney for the QB2 job, McCoy’s experience with legitimate playing time would seem to make him the logical choice.

Tanney has appeared in just two games since entering the NFL in 2012, attempting a grand total of 15 passes, one pass with the Giants. McCoy on the other hand, has started 28 games throughout his 10-year career, including one game with the Redskins a season ago.

The 33-year old McCoy has spent the past six seasons as a member of the Redskins, throwing for 1,629 yards while scoring nine total touchdowns and seven interceptions.  In his lone start of 2019, he completed 66.7 percent of his passes for 122 passing yards and one interception.


College Star to Career Backup

McCoy was a collegiate star, who’s 132 touchdowns during his time at Texas still ranks 16th-most in NCAA history. However, his rather diminutive size and concerns over arm strength caused him to slide to the third round, ultimately landing with the Cleveland Browns.

At one point in time, McCoy was perceived as the potential future face of the Browns organization, starting 21 games for the team over his first two years. While McCoy showed some glimpses of hope, injuries and poor talent around him led to the team moving on from him following the 2012 season.

From there he spent one lone season with the San Francisco 49ers before settling in with the Redskins as the team’s backup quarterback.

Over his career, McCoy has completed 560 of 923 pass attempts for 6,080 yards with 29 touchdowns, 27 interceptions, and a completion percentage of 60.7.

Interestingly enough, per Washington’s media guide, McCoy is the only quarterback from the 2010 NFL Draft class who is still currently active.


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