Since Colt McCoy joined the Redskins last season, the quarterback position in Washington has been less stable than a Hollywood marriage. The 2014 season saw Robert Griffin III, McCoy and Kirk Cousins all start at least four games, and though RG3 has been pronounced starter for 2015, the oft-injured QB has already sustained his first trauma of the year in just the second preseason game.
When Griffin exited the game Thursday against Detroit and headed for the locker room, McCoy entered the game to run Jay Gruden's offense. And like most of his opportunities in 2014, McCoy was efficient with the ball, both in and out of the pocket.
"I felt like we moved the ball, scored some points, that was good," McCoy said following the 21-17 Redskins win.
For his part, McCoy played well, completing 5 of 6 passes for 80 yards and a touchdown. He also ran the ball well on the ground, rushing for more than 4 yards per carry on four rushes. The final play of the first half marred an otherwise clean stat sheet for McCoy, when a goofy fumble nearly resulted in a Lions defensive touchdown.
"They will give me a hard time about it," McCoy said of the play that nearly resulted in a long return TD. "I couldn’t get a handle on it, unfortunately."
Gruden has rotated his backup QBs so far this preseason, with Cousins entering directly after RG3 in Game 1 and this week McCoy getting the call. With both Cousins and McCoy this preseason, the Redskins offense has looked crisp and functioned at a high level.
After the game, Gruden said he couldn't speak to the severity of Griffin's injury.
"I would imagine depending on how long he is out he is still going to be our starter," Gruden said of RG3. "We have to wait and go through the whole process and see how he recovers, see how fast he recovers. I have no idea as far as third preseason game."
The third preseason game serves as the best dress rehearsal for the regular season; a game where starters routinely play into the second half. The 'Skins will head north to Baltimore to face the Ravens in that critical game, and with questions about Griffin's availability, the showdown between Cousins and McCoy could gain importance.
For his part, McCoy seemed focused on tonight, and hopeful that his teammate would get cleared.
"We need him," McCoy said of Griffin. "You never want to see that in the preseason.”