With Alex Smith probably out for all of the 2019 season, the Washington Redskins occupy a vacancy on the quarterback map. Or manufacture they?
While Washington has played coy about Smith’s region all offseason long, the ‘Skins occupy no longer been tremulous of their reward and make stronger for Colt McCoy. Love Smith, McCoy suffered a season-ending leg hurt in 2018, however the longtime backup is expected to shut fully wholesome next season, doubtlessly as D.C.’s initiating QB.
In talking with newshounds on the mix Thursday, Redskins coach Jon Gruden expressed confidence in McCoy’s skill to be Washington’s starter if need be.
“At all times procuring for competition for distinct,” Gruden said. “You know Colt had a broad opportunity closing year, and sadly he obtained hurt, but all people is aware of the group feels extraordinary about Colt if he’s the starter, but competition is supreme, especially on the quarterback map.”
Would Washington slide into 2019 with McCoy as its unquestioned starter? Potentially no longer. Gruden even added Thursday that they’ll be going into OTAs with McCoy and “whoever else we occupy.”
However it surely’s also no longer probably that Washington will promote off capital for a high-tier free-agent QB to compete with McCoy, esteem, disclose, Nick Foles. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Foles’ market has basically diminished in dimension to simply the Jacksonville Jaguars since the Redskins are no longer drawn to the Eagles quarterback at his rate (probably spherical $25M).
As a replace, the ‘Skins may presumably presumably either stamp a mid-tier free agent, draft a future franchise QB at No. 15 or manufacture every to give McCoy some competition.
McCoy has no longer started extra than four games in a season since 2011 when he used to be the skill forward for the Cleveland Browns. The longtime backup has been with Washington since 2014 and commenced simply six games and attempted 193 passes over that span.
To Gruden, that is no topic.
“I will probably be in point of fact ignorant,” Gruden said. “I’ve simply seen him throw the ball for 5 years in the offseason, in practicing camp. I know that he used to be fired up to accumulate an opportunity and when he in the end obtained one, it used to be esteem letting an animal out of the cage. He ran simply into the wall, obtained hurt. He’s obtained to decelerate the task, which he will. However I even occupy total confidence.
“He’s obtained a broad knowledge of the system, he’s joyful with the fellows we occupy, he’s a broad leader, he’s a competitor. He can breeze, he can cross and he can fabricate all of the throws. However he’s been hurt and he hasn’t done it.”