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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 (Tue Oct 28): McCoy was actually very good for a backup quarterback and led Washington to a stirring overtime win at Dallas. Robert Griffin III is probably not going to play against the Vikings this week, making McCoy a viable play in 2QB and QB flex leagues.

Week 9: at Minnesota Vikings

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. The big question this week is whether Robert Griffin III will get back in the saddle prior to Washington's Week 10 bye, or if the coaching staff lets Colt McCoy lead the charge at Minnesota this week. With a big 'W' under McCoy's belt on Monday Night Football (and a lost season for Washington at 3-5 in the NFC East at the half-way point), we expect to see McCoy appear again in Minnesota this weekend. He played a solid game in Dallas, posting 25/30 for 299 yards, zero TDs and one interception, with three sacks taken for -13 yards, and 7/16/1 rushing. The top Washington receivers were McCoy's main targets, with seven targets for 6/136/0 receiving for DeSean Jackson, four for 4/47/0 flowing to Pierre Garcon, and seven for 7/40/0 going to Jordan Reed. McCoy got the ball to the Washington playmakers. The Minnesota pass D is ranked fourth in the NFL averaging 212.1 net passing yards allowed per game, with 13 passing TDs given up vs. seven interceptions and 25 sacks generated (13th-ranked (tie) and tied for second in the NFL, respectively). Mike Glennon was sacked five times for -12 yards with one passing TD, one interception thrown. The Bills gave up six sacks of Kyle Orton for -28 yards, but he still posted 31/43 for 255 net yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown vs. the Vikings two games ago. This looks like a tough matchup for McCoy and company, on the road at Minnesota.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
7 vs TEN 11 12 128 1 0 2 3 0 0
8 at DAL 25 30 299 0 1 7 16 1 0
9 at MIN PROJ-Dodds 0 0 * * * 0 * * *
9 at MIN PROJ-Tremblay 2 4 * * * 0 * * *
9 at MIN PROJ-Bloom 0 0 * * * 0 * * *

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.

2014 Week 8 vs DAL (25 / 30 / 299 / 0 / 1 pass, 7 / 16 / 1 rush)

Colt McCoy led the Washington Redskins to an improbable victory on the road against the heavily favored Dallas Cowboys. McCoy was efficient and mostly mistake-free, completing a variety of high percentage throws while still taking shots downfield to a dynamic Desean Jackson. McCoy was able to keep drives alive with his feet, but his frequent scrambling welcomed some hard hits from Dallas defenders throughout the game. His only turnover came off a poorly thrown jump ball into the endzone after a Joseph Randle fumble gave Washington a short field. McCoy heaved a floater to a double-covered Andre Roberts who was unable to outleap J.J. Wilcox. McCoy broke a few big play, hitting Jackson 50 yards down the middle of the field for what should have been a TD if he hadn't underthrown him. The play came after another Dallas mistake, a Murray fumble at the five yard line for Dallas's second turnover in as many possessions. McCoy had an opportunity to drive Washington down the field late in the second quarter but was unable to get his team across midfield, failing to convert any Washington third downs in a sloppy and uninspiring first half. Washington finally put together a strong drive to start the second half behind a reinvigorated running game, and McCoy's pop gun arm was just able to keep the drive going on short passes to Garcon and Jackson to keep the chains moving. Arm strength problems aside, McCoy continued to take shots down the field, hitting Jackson again deep down the right sideline to bring Washington inside the 10 yard line at the start of the fourth quarter. Two plays later McCoy showed off his scrappiness when he called his own number at the 7 yard line on a QB draw, launching himself head first into the end zone to put Washington up by 7. McCoy put together Washington's game-winning drive in overtime to get the team into FG range, leaning on Jordan Reed to keep the chains moving on a variety of short passes, including a beautiful pass at midfield where McCoy escaped pressure by scrambling to his right and flicking a nice touch pass that Reed had to tiptoe catch along the sideline.

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Redskins | Robert Griffin could play in Week 9 (Wed Oct 29, 04:11 PM) - Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) could play against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 9, according to head coach Jay Gruden. Griffin practiced in full Wednesday, Oct. 29, and split first-team repetitions with QB Colt McCoy. Gruden said Griffin's situation is now more mental than physical. 'We'll see it's all going to depend on how he does in tomorrow and Friday,' Gruden said. 'And moving forward, how I feel he's coming back. From a physical standpoint he looks good, now it's a matter of mental and getting back into the football part of it. If he looks good in that regard then there's a chance he could play and if not and he needs another week, he'll take another week.'

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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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12@ San Francisco 49ers
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16vs Philadelphia Eagles
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