Washington Redskins 2014 Training Camp Profile: Colt McCoy

By Jason Bailey
Colt McCoy
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The Washington Redskins thought its quarterback situation was settled and secure, thoroughly entrenched with the likes of tried and true gunslinger Robert Griffin III and third-year Michigan State standout Kirk Cousins. Things were presumably just fine under center. And then former San Francisco 49ers missile launcher Colt McCoy showed up.

What is that boy doing on the east coast? Well, he didn’t take an inadvertent detour on his way to Levi’s Stadium. Rest assured his GPS is in supreme operating condition. In fact, its daily electronic functions have never been better. OK, so, what does McCoy’s presence mean for reckoning signal caller Griffin III? Probably nothing. What does it mean for battle-tested gem Cousins? Conceivably everything.

McCoy may last about as long with the Redskins as West Virginia‘s Patrick White did. Just long enough to collect a small paycheck, cause a splash during training camp competition and then pack his bags. Or, in all seriousness, he could be playing second fiddle to Griffin III next season.

Either way, you can’t disregard the significance of McCoy’s presence on the roster and the caliber of play he brings to the Redskins’ organization. In his first start as a rookie, McCoy routed the Pittsburgh Steelers‘ No. 1-ranked defense, throwing for 281 yards and a pair of touchdown passes.

And, in a recent practice against the New England Patriots, McCoy more than held his own against a very scary secondary loaded with a cast of big-name defensive athletes. The fifth-year passer looked razor sharp, shredding the Patriots’ outfield and gunning several well-placed bullets into the hands of his receivers.

Having depth, youth and extensive experience at the quarterback position doesn’t hurt anybody. Point of fact, it’s invaluable. Employing raging competition at every position on the roster is a factor that freshman skipper Jay Gruden endorsed long before the start of rookie minicamp. Fighting for a place on an NFL roster tends to keep even the most decorated veterans on their toes.

Having a BCS national championship-caliber signal caller supplant Cousins on the Redskins’ depth chart isn’t really that long of a shot. Especially in the event that Washington would trade him for a set of world-class draft picks in the not-too-distant future.

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