Sources – New York Giants begin QB Colt McCoy over injured Daniel Jones
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – Colt McCoy will replace the injured Daniel Jones at the New York Giants quarterback on Sunday night, sources told ESPN.
Jones has been classified as questionable for the prime-time matchup with the Cleveland Browns because of the hamstring and ankle injuries. The combination restricted his range of motion and mobility, even more than the week before when he was dealing with the hamstring problem.
Jones was limited in practice this week. McCoy then handled an increased workload, including Friday when he took the first snapshot with the starters on the offensive. In general, that’s a good indication of who’s starting the game this week.
McCoy led the Giants to a disgruntled win over the Seattle Seahawks two weeks ago when he started in place of Jones. Now he has the chance to do it again on a national stage against his former squad, with Freddie Kitchens (the former Browns coach) playing in place of offensive coordinator Jason Garrett.
“I really appreciated my time with the Browns. I wish we could have won more games,” said McCoy, Cleveland of Texas’ third round selection in the 2010 NFL Draft. “There are some great people in this organization. The fans and the people in Cleveland are great. My wife and I really enjoyed our time there. We just didn’t win enough. That’s about all I will say about Cleveland. I think right now our focus and the focus of our team is that we still have something to play. They are a good football team. They have won a lot of games. We have our hands full with their guys up front. We know what we need To win this game we need to prepare and focus and be ready to go there and perform. “
McCoy went 105 yards 13-of-22 with a touchdown and interception against the Seahawks.
This wasn’t a normal week for the Giants, on top of their quarterback insecurity. They didn’t exercise on Thursday after Garrett tested positive for COVID-19. They also put top cornerback James Bradberry on the reserve / COVID-19 list after being classified as a high risk close contact with a chiropractor who tested positive. Bradberry will miss the game on Sunday night. Outside linebacker coach Bret Bielema took a new job when University of Illinois head coach and offensive assistant Stephen Brown tested positive for the virus on Saturday.
Giants head coach Joe Judge said ahead of Friday practice that Jones would get “his share” of the first-team snapshots. The team considered it a matter of the day whether Jones would be ready to start this week, especially after the ankle swelled earlier in the week.
Until Saturday it was in McCoy’s direction. The decision was made after the team went through a tour.
The judge needed Jones to prove that not only could he protect himself, but that his general mobility was there. It wasn’t last week’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals when he threw 127 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions and a lost fumble. He could not escape the pressure or ran out of his pocket and suffered an ankle injury on a hit early in the second half. Jones made no rush effort for the first time in his young career and was fired six times.
Jones said his mobility was limited against the Cardinals and the ankle was “sore” earlier this week. He was listed as a limited participant in training on Wednesday and Friday.
Jones insisted that he felt “fine” Wednesday even though he hobbled during the open portion of the exercises. However, the judge has determined that it is imperative to work almost entirely with his eyes, not his ears, in determining Jones’ health.
The quarterback had been determined to play for the past few weeks and was preparing again this week like he was starting.