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Colt McCoy signs with the Redskins

The Washington Redskins have signed free agent quarterback Colt McCoy.  He was a backup last season for the San Francisco 49ers, and before that McCoy spent three seasons with the Cleveland Browns.  It appears as though McCoy has been brought in to compete with Kirk Cousins for the backup quarterback spot.

Some might be surprised by this, as Cousins seems to be firmly entrenched as the backup to Robert Griffin III.  But I think it makes sense, as Cousins struggled in the three games he started in place of RGIII last season in what former head coach Mike Shanahan stated was a showcase to boost Cousins trade value.

Colt McCoy had his best season in 2011 with the Browns, when he passed for 2,733 yards, 14 TD’s and 11 interceptions.  He has a 74.9 career quarterback rating, compared to 68.6 for Kirk Cousins.   McCoy also has a bit more mobility than Cousins, an ability that may help give McCoy an edge.

If nothing else, McCoy will be good competition for Cousins, and is a nice fall back option for the Redskins if they do decided to go ahead and trade Cousins after all.  McCoy has experience as a starter and would make a decent backup if it came to that.

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