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QB Colt McCoy - Washington Redskins

6-1, 216Born: 9-5-1986College: TexasDrafted: Round 3

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 20): McCoy should start at Dallas on Monday night assuming Robert Griffin III isn't ready, but he's only worth picking up in leagues where every starting QB is rostered and more than one can start for a fantasy team.

General News (Thu Oct 23): is expected to start this week's game according to coach Jay Gruden.

General News (Tue Oct 21): would start this week if Robert Griffin III (ankle) is unable to play, according to head coach Jay Gruden. "It's a good sign the way Colt finished the game, ran the offense," Gruden said, alluding to his poise and efficiency in engineering the game-winning touchdown drive on the last possession, which started with 3 minutes and 14 seconds remaining. "Very smart and very efficient. Did some good things."

Week 8: at Dallas Cowboys

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Colt McCoy is likely to start this game for Washington after salvaging a 'W' vs Tennessee last weekend. McCoy connected on all but one of his passes (11/12 for 128 yards, one TD and zero interceptions) and more importantly didn't throw a pick or put the ball on the turf. He was sacked twice for -8 yards. Washington will likely go with McCoy because Robert Griffin III is still rehabbing his dislocated ankle ('He's got to be 100 percent,' head coach Jay Gruden said at Monday's press conference in reference to Griffin. Gruden went on to say that McCoy will get the starter's reps in this week's practices, and be under center against the Cowboys if Griffin can't get to 100% healthy, which means that McCoy is almost surely going to start). McCoy has done stints as the starter in Cleveland during 2010/2011, and had a one-year gig as Colin Kaepernick's backup in San Francisco last season. Now, a new NFL opportunity has come calling - we'll see what the lifetime 421/715 for 4,529 yards passing, 22 TDs and 20 interceptions-thrown quarterback (with 101/362/1 rushing) can accomplish for Washington against their traditional NFC East rivals, under the glaring Monday Night Football lights - in Dallas' house, by the way. The Cowboys rank 12th in the NFL vs. opposing passers, averaging 230.4 net yards allowed per game, with 11 passing TDs given up vs. seven interceptions generated to date (tied for eighth in the NFL). They have just seven sacks this year (tied for 27th). Last week, Eli Manning threw 21/33 for 248 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions at Dallas (zero sacks taken); Russell Wilson was sacked twice vs. Dallas for zero yards lost, but only managed 14/28 for 126 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown. McCoy will likely face a stacked box and a strong pass rush this weekend - he'll have to prove he can thrown the football to beat Dallas. Given the up-and-down nature of the Dallas secondary of late, this looks like a neutral matchup from where we sit in the cheap seats.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
4 vs NYG 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 vs TEN 11 12 128 1 0 2 3 0 0
8 at DAL PROJ-Dodds 24 37 * * * 2 * * *
8 at DAL PROJ-Tremblay 24 38 * * * 2 * * *
8 at DAL PROJ-Bloom 26 39 * * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 7 vs TEN (11 / 12 / 128 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)

Colt McCoy stepped in as the new starter for the Redskins to start the second half and made an instant impact connecting with Pierre Garcon for a 70 yard touchdown. McCoy took a short drop and stared Garcon down on the play before hitting him on quick hitch. Garcon then turned on the jets upfield and squeaked past a racing Michael Griffin who took a horrible angle attempting to push him out of bounds. McCoy's 10 other completions netted 58 yards as he dinked and dunked his way to eke out a come from behind victory against one of the league's worst teams. McCoy played an extremely safe game, rarely throwing far beyond the LOS and completing 11/12 passes along the way. He did target Jackson twice down the field with game on the line, but one play was nullified by penalty and the other drew a defensive PI call that helped set up the game winning FG.With RG3 supposedly practicing this upcoming week, McCoy may not get another chance behind center this season.

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Latest News

Redskins | Colt McCoy to start Week 8 (Thu Oct 23, 05:22 PM) - Washington Redskins QB Colt McCoy will start Week 8, according to head coach Jay Gruden.

Our View: We'll have to wait just a little while longer for Robert Griffin III to return. With McCoy starting on Monday night against the Cowboys, it downgrades the projections for all Washington skill position players.
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Redskins | Jay Gruden wants to name QB soon (Wed Oct 22, 12:52 PM) - Washington Redskins QBs Robert Griffin III (ankle) and Colt McCoy hopefully will find out the starting quarterback for Week 8 by Thursday, Oct. 23, according to head coach Jay Gruden.

Our View: Gruden said Griffin will either start or be inactive for the game. We'd love to see Griffin's return this week (especially in a big game against the Cowboys), but we feel McCoy is going to get the start. Griffin will be back soon enough, but planning on him to return this week might be too optimistic.
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Redskins | Colt McCoy to start? (Mon Oct 20, 03:12 PM) - Washington Redskins QB Colt McCoy would start this week if QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) is unable to play, according to head coach Jay Gruden.

Our View: He could start, and the team is giving him starter's reps this week. Griffin will be monitored closely, and McCoy will start if it's determined that Griffin isn't quite ready yet.
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Redskins | Robert Griffin to be tested Wednesday (Mon Oct 20, 12:39 PM) - Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) is expected to be put through a rigorous workout Wednesday, Oct. 22, that will give team officials a better idea of where he's at in his recovery. Griffin has already joined practices for stretching, warm-ups, individual drills and limited handoffs with the scout team. Head coach Jay Gruden has said he'd like to have Griffin log at least two weeks of practice before returning to a starting role. QB Colt McCoy appears to have the inside track to start in Week 8 against the Dallas Cowboys if it's between he and QB Kirk Cousins. “It’s a good sign the way Colt finished the game, ran the offense,” Gruden said, alluding to his poise and efficiency in engineering the game-winning touchdown drive on the last possession, which started with 3 minutes and 14 seconds remaining. “Very smart and very efficient. Did some good things.”

Our View: The Cousins time is almost over (if not already) in Washington. Gruden said in his press conference on Monday that Colt McCoy would actually get starter reps this week after replacing Cousins in Week 7. We'll see if Griffin can get back to practice and perform at an acceptable level so he can start on Monday Night Football in Week 8.
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Redskins | Robert Griffin could start in Week 8 (Mon Oct 20, 12:04 PM) - Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) could start in Week 8 against the Dallas Cowboys if he looks really good in practice Wednesday, Oct. 22, according to a team source. The team would ideally like to hold him out another week in order to prepare.

Our View: If we don't see Griffin this upcoming week, then Colt McCoy will likely receive the starting nod for the first time since December of 2011 when he was with the Cleveland Browns. McCoy threw a touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon on his first throw after replacing Kirk Cousins, but we're not excited about his prospects against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 8.
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Schedule

8@ Dallas Cowboys
9@ Minnesota Vikings
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
12@ San Francisco 49ers
13@ Indianapolis Colts
14vs St. Louis Rams
15@ New York Giants
16vs Philadelphia Eagles
17vs Dallas Cowboys