Wed Apr 1 4:55pm ET
By TOM CANAVAN
AP Sports Writer
In this Dec. 15, 2019 file photo Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy (12) throws before an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas. After spending much of the past six seasons as a backup quarterback with the Redskins, Colt McCoy knows his job coming to the New York Giants. His primary task is to help offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and new coach Joe Judge get starting quarterback Daniel Jones, ready to play every week. Be another set of eyes, another set of ears, another encouraging voice for the second-year player. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth, file)
After spending much of the past six seasons as a backup quarterback with the Washington Redskins, Colt McCoy knows his job coming to the New York Giants.
His primary task is to help offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and new coach Joe Judge get starting quarterback Daniel Jones ready to play every week. Be another set of eyes, another set of ears, another encouraging voice for the second-year player.
The other job is to be ready just in case the young man from Duke who was the No. 6 overall pick in last year's draft gets hurt.
Don't forget that happened last season and Eli Manning had to return for one memorable final start in December. The two-time Super Bowl MVP retired following the season after spending much of the campaign as Jones' backup.
Now that job seemingly belongs to McCoy.
"I've been a starter, and everyone wants to be a starter, but as a backup, it's just as crucial to handle your business that way," the 33-year-old McCoy said Wednesday on a conference call. "I really feel confident that I bring value to this team and to that quarterback room. I think that approaching it that way is the right way."
First things, first. McCoy needs to get to know Jones and his new teammates, and they all must learn a new offense. It certainly won't be the typical learning process: The coronavirus pandemic has prevented NFL teams from getting together and starting their offseason training programs.
No one knows when teams will be able to assemble.
McCoy said he met Jones during pregame talks when the Giants and Redskins played last season. They have spent a lot of time on the phone since he signed a one-year, $2.25 million contract late last month.
"His future is bright, his ceiling is high and he seems like a really great person," McCoy said of Jones. "He's obviously very lucky to have had a guy like Eli in the quarterback room."
While teams can't get together, the NFL is allowing them to hand out playbooks to players under contract. Coaches will be teaching using mostly online tools.
McCoy expects the Giants to start the lessons Monday.
"I think right now, everybody is just really focusing on the health and wellness of our country," he said. "I know the Giants are in constant contact with us, making sure we have all the things we need from a health standpoint. But again, I think there's a lot of uncertainty. I think Monday is kind of the day where we're going to get all of that and get going."
McCoy also expects to spend a lot of time on the phone talking about the new offense with Jones and fellow quarterback Alex Tanney, who has spent the past two seasons on the Giants as a little-used backup.
With Garrett running the offense, McCoy expects it to be "quarterback friendly."
"There is value to playing for a coach that played quarterback, that played your position," McCoy said. "There are little things that pop up, and he sees the field the same way we do, and he understands. But he has an expectation of us to play at a high level and he knows how he wants his offense run."
McCoy is entering his 11th NFL season. In his six years with Washington, he appeared in 12 games and made seven starts. That included two seasons when he was the backup to Kirk Cousins and never took a snap.
Career-wise, McCoy has completed 560 of 923 passes for 6,080 yards, 29 touchdowns and 27 interceptions in 40 games, including 28 starts.
"The one thing that coach Judge and coach Garrett told me is that we watched all your tape for 10 years and you have started a ton of games in this league," McCoy said. "You also have been a backup and when you were called to come off the bench you have always stepped in and won the game and played well and played up to a standard. We value that and that's why we want you to come be here."
May 14th: Draft Values
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray was recently touted by ESPN NFL analyst Marcus Spears as a breakout candidate in 2020, a sentiment that was echoed by former signal-caller Tim Hasselbeck. The sophomore finished the 2019 campaign with 3,722 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions, while also earning the offensive rookie of the year award. With the addition of former Houston Texan DeAndre Hopkins, who is arguably the second-best receiver in the league, along with the return of Larry Fitzgerald, the odds are favorable for the 22-year-old to smash expectations in addition to finishing as a top-five fantasy quarterback this season.
Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb was recently named as one of the top players under 25, a list composed and published by CBSSports. Despite the Browns' inefficient play, Chubb was solid during the 2019 campaign and finished with 1,494 rushing yards on 298 attempts while adding eight touchdowns. Though the return of Kareem Hunt from suspension decreased his production to some degree, he still finished as one of the most elite backs in the league. With a new head coach and an enhanced offensive line, Chubb should get plenty of touches this season to justify his first-round ADP, but he will likely concede most of the team's passing attempts out of the backfield in 2020 to Hunt.
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle is expected to receive an offer from the team that could keep him in the Bay Area for the foreseeable future. NBC Sports recently reported that the former fifth-round pick could make anywhere between $12.5 to $15 million per season, ultimately making him the highest-paid tight end in the NFL. The 26-year-old compiled 2,430 yards and 10 touchdowns off of 173 catches over the last two seasons and has been a consistent source of fantasy production as a result. He should be taken somewhere in the first or second rounds of fantasy drafts for the 2020 campaign, likely being selected after fellow tight end Travis Kelce in the majority of them.
Detroit Lions running back D'Andre Swift was recently named by USA Today as one of the league's top instant impact rookies. The 21-year-old, who was drafted 35th overall in the NFL Draft, is slated to fight for carries with the oft-injured Kerryon Johnson this upcoming season. While Swift may not make an immediate impact, he could eventually find himself gobbling up carries toward the end of the year, resulting in Johnson becoming relegated to an afterthought. The former Bulldog has received plenty of praise since his selection by the team, and will likely be one of the first rookies off the board in dynasty drafts for the upcoming 2020 campaign. Swift compiled 1,216 yards and seven touchdowns off of 195 attempts (6.2 YPC) during his final season at Georgia and was also named First-Team All-SEC.
Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor could be involved in the team's offensive plan from the get-go this season. According to head coach Frank Reich and offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni, they both reiterated that the rookie, along with Marlon Mack, will form an impactful one-two punch during the 2020 campaign. Mack has missed numerous games due to injury throughout his tenure in the league, but he still managed to finish with a career-best 1,091 yards in 2019. However, with the former Badger now in the mix, Mack may concede more touches in 2020 than initially thought.
New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara has been working out with Dr. Sharif Tabbah of Athletix Rehab & Recovering, located in the Miami, Florida area. The 24-year-old, who has yet to sign an extension of his rookie contract, was relegated to playing just 14 games in 2019 as a result of a leg injury, while also accumulating a career-low six total touchdowns. With the former Tennessee Volunteer seemingly 100 percent and looking for big money in 2020, he will have extra incentive to produce, potentially surpassing his production from last year.
The Cincinnati Bengals are hoping they selected a franchise building block when they used the No. 1 overall pick on LSU quarterback Joe Burrow in the NFL draft last month. While Burrow has plenty of potential and is likely to start the majority of the team's 16 games in 2020, instant success may be hard to come by. Of the 50 rookie quarterbacks to have made at least eight starts since 2000, only 13 have finished with a winning record as a starter. Burrow has plenty of upside but he might not turn into a viable fantasy option until the 2021 season, at the earliest.
Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy has revealed that he, in a major change of course, will play his starters during the 2020 preseason. The third-year coach had been adamant about not exposing his starters to exhibition action in his first two seasons as coach but now admits that was a mistake last season. "As we talk, that's one of the things that I look back at from last year that I'm not happy about that I made a decision to do in the preseason," Nagy said on the Waddle & Silvy Show. "Number one, I think it's good for them to have it, but number two it sets the mentality. So that's not going to happen this year." The Bears have plenty to prove in 2020 after going 8-8 last season and will have a fierce quarterback competition on their hands between newly acquired passerNick Foles and incumbent starter Mitch Trubisky. In the first half of games last season the Bears offense was, perhaps, the worst unit in football. Nagy is hoping the preseason reps will sharpen an offense with plenty to prove in 2020.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson conducted a throwing session on Friday with Marquise Brown. Jackson displayed some pinpoint accuracy while Hollywood appeared healthy after having offseason surgery on his foot back in February. With more individual workouts planned moving ahead, which will also include fellow teammate Mark Ingram II--among others--Jackson and company will likely have a leg up on others who aren't able to practice as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 23-year-old signal-caller finished the 2019 season as one of the most productive fantasy options, while also being named the league's MVP. He will undoubtedly be the first quarterback off the board in fantasy drafts leading up to the 2020 campaign, and rightfully so.
Philadelphia Eagles TE Dallas Goedert played more snaps in 2019 than all but nine other tight ends.
Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz's 525 receptions are the most by a tight end in NFL history through their first seven seasons.
Fantasy Spin: Ertz has reached the mark by being one of the steadiest performers at the position. He has recorded at least 74 receptions and topped 800 yards in each of the last five seasons. Ertz is a top-three fantasy tight end.
New Orleans Saints TE Jared Cook scored a career-high nine touchdowns in 2019 while averaging 16.4 yards per catch and logging 15 receptions of at least 20 yards.
Fantasy Spin: Cook has been a late bloomer, topping 700 yards in each of the past two seasons while scoring 15 of his 34 career touchdowns. He should remain a key cog of the passing attack in New Orleans in 2020, giving him top-five upside at the tight end position.
Chicago Bears WR Ted Ginn Jr. has the 'slight edge' over WR Javon Wims and WR Cordarrelle Patterson for the No. 3 receiver role, according to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com, but Rosenthal doesn't believe any of them will play 'starter' snaps.
New England Patriots fullback Dan Vitale would like to follow in the footsteps of the now retired James Develin. Vitale is aware that he has some big shoes to fill after Develin decided to call it a career due to health concerns. This marks his fourth season in the league, but the 2020 campaign will be his first with the Pats. James was a hell-of-a player, Ive enjoyed watching him, really since I got in the league now and he was really a role model at the position," says Vitale. He knows that being versatile and using his intelligence to the best of his ability are crucial to succeeding as a fullback in the league. It sounds like Vitale is prepared for his next step in his career.
New England Patriots defensive back Joejuan Williams is increasing his value through versatility this offseason. He played 82 defensive snaps last season, which is mostly due to the fact that the Pats were stacked in the secondary. The former second-round pick from 2019 will look to carve out a role as a versatile rotational player. He will likely play both defensive back and safety for the Pats next season. Williams is not expected to have a huge role on the team, but playing multiple positions should help him get on the field more often.
Denver Broncos WR Courtland Sutton caught 22 of his 40 targets for 280 yards and two touchdowns in five games with Drew Lock as the starting quarterback in 2019. In his 11 other games, Sutton hauled in 50 of his 84 targets for 832 yards and four TDs.
Detroit Lions WRs Kenny Golladay amassed 35 catches on 62 targets for 640 yards and seven touchdowns with Matthew Stafford as his quarterback in 2019. Meanwhile, Marvin Jones tallied 42 receptions on 57 targets for 535 yards and six TDs prior to Stafford getting hurt.
Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon rushed for 817 yards following the team's Week 8 bye. Only Derrick Henry ran for more yards (959) over that same span, while no back topped Mixon's 177 rushing attempts.
New York Jets WR Jamison Crowder caught 70 of his 107 targets for 758 yards and six touchdowns in the 13 games Sam Darnold was able to play in 2019. In three games without Darnold, Crowder tallied eight receptions on 15 targets for 75 yards and zero scores.
Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson was on target with 72.5 percent of his throws in 2019 - tied for the fourth-best mark by a quarterback with at least 300 pass attempts.