There’s a good chance Colt McCoy will be under center filling in for Daniel Jones for the New York Giants this weekend. Here are some of his best NFL moments so far.
Despite a 4-7 record, the New York Giants find themselves atop the NFC East standings as they’ve won three straight games, own a 3-2 record in division play and swept the Washington Football Team (4-7) to own the tiebreaker for first.
Sunday, the Giants will face a daunting task as they’ll travel to the West Coast to take on the NFC West-leading Seattle Seahawks (8-3). Beating Seattle was already going to be a tough task, but it might have to be done without starting quarterback Daniel Jones.
Jones, who has not committed a turnover during the Giants’ current three-game winning streak, left New York’s win over the Cincinnati Bengals last week with a hamstring injury leaving backup quarterback Colt McCoy to lead the offense in the fourth quarter.
McCoy did just enough to help lead the Giants to victory as he completed 6-10 passes for 31 yards while adding seven yards on five rushing attempts.
Before his selection in the 2010 NFL Draft, McCoy was a star at the University of Texas where he finished as twice finished as a Heisman Trophy finalist, was twice named a First-team All-American, earned Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year honors in 2009 and led the Longhorns to the 2010 BCS National Championship Game.
He was drafted in the third round of the 2010 Draft by the Cleveland career and has made a comfortable career as a backup, including spending six-years serving as the backup for the Washington Redskins (now Washington Football Team).
With plenty of starts under his belt over the course of his career, McCoy has put together some memorable moments that should offer some confidence to Giants fans worried about life without Jones. Here’s a look at his five best.
5. McCoy guides the Browns to a 2-1 start
2011 marked McCoy’s only full season as an NFL starting quarterback as he won the starting job for first-year head coach Pat Shurmur.
After a 1-1 start to the season, McCoy and the Browns looked to move above .500 against the Miami Dolphins. Playing on their home field, McCoy led Cleveland to victory as he completed 19-39 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns highlighted by a 33-yard touchdown pass to Joshua Cribbs.
While McCoy did throw an interception and has 20 incomplete passes, the win marked the Browns’ best start since 2002, which was the franchise’s most recent playoff berth.