Redskins Training Camp Profile 2019: QB Colt McCoy
McCoy’s 2018 season
McCoy opened the 2018 season as the Redskins’ backup quarterback for a fifth consecutive season. However, last year, his role was a bit more important than in previous years.
With Alex Smith taking over at quarterback for Kirk Cousins, there was a chance that McCoy could have a chance to take over for Smith if he was ineffective. Early in the season, the Washington offense struggled to move the ball, and Smith was part of the problem. While he didn’t make mistakes, he rarely pushed the envelope. And for that reason, some were calling on McCoy to get a chance despite the team’s 6-2 start.
Well, McCoy did end up getting a chance. It just came via a way that nobody wanted to see. Smith suffered a brutal leg injury against the Houston Texans and after that, McCoy came on. He did well in that contest, finding Trey Quinn for a score and keeping the game close, but couldn’t pull out the victory.
After Smith’s season-ending injury, McCoy was named the starter as expected. On a short week, he led the charge in the Thanksgiving game against the Dallas Cowboys. His results were mixed. While he took more downfield chances than Smith, he also took a lot more risks. That resulted in three picks and a fumble against Dallas and while he did keep the team competitive, the mistakes were touch to overcome.
Just a week later against the Philadelphia Eagles, McCoy suffered a broken leg of his own. That ended his season. He ended up posting a 63 percent completion rate with 372 yards, three touchdowns, and three picks. Those numbers were middling but in such a small sample size (54 pass attempts) it’s hard to judge his overall effectiveness.
For yet another offseason, McCoy is entering training camp as a member of the Redskins quarterback room. But this year, he may have a better shot of playing a big role for the squad if he can prove himself during training camp.