After serving as Colin Kaepernick‘s backup for the San Francisco 49ers in 2013, Colt McCoy signed with the Washington Redskins this offseason where he’ll backup not just the starter, Robert Griffin III, but the No. 2 in Kirk Cousins.
McCoy is seemingly moving further and further away from ever being a starter again. A great training camp and preseason could reverse that trend, though.
There is no other quarterback currently on Washington’s roster beyond the top three, so McCoy’s roster spot is likely safe. Keeping only two quarterbacks is always a possibility, but the Redskins likely wouldn’t have nabbed a passer with starting experience, which McCoy possesses, if they were confident riding with just two at the position.
In fact, McCoy could be auditioning for Cousin’s No. 2 spot. He probably won’t pass him on the depth chart this season, as Cousins has performed well filling in for Griffin in the past, but trading Cousins remains a possibility. If a starter goes down with an injury somewhere, Cousins is a passer that could be tempting to trade for given the 101.6 quarterback rating he earned as a rookie in 2012.
If a Cousins trade ever materializes, the Redskins will need a reliable passer on their roster to backup Griffin, who, as a quarterback with over 200 rushing attempts in two seasons, is no sure thing to stay healthy. McCoy has a chance to prove he can be a dependable backup to Griffin with quality play this preseason.
McCoy’s biggest obstacle to impressing has to be sub-par arm strength and inconsistent decision making, but he’s performed adequately at the NFL level before. In 13 starts with the Cleveland Browns back in 2011, McCoy tossed 14 touchdown passes to 11 interceptions. Although lacking in production, that’s a somewhat efficient ratio that is capable of getting the job done if need be.
This will be an important summer for McCoy. He’s clearly been on downward spiral since losing his starting spot in Cleveland. He has some talent, though, highlighted by decent accuracy and athleticism, and could turn things around by maximizing every rep Washington allots.
Cody Strahm is an NFL Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter.