One of the most decorated athletes in Texas football history, Colt McCoy has a very impressive resume.
While he currently is the backup to Redskins starting quarterback Kirk Cousins, looking around the NFL, it's obvious McCoy could start for other teams in the league.
It's understandable if McCoy wants to get on the field, but playing behind the durable Cousins provides few opportunities.
On Friday, Washington coach Jay Gruden revealed a new way McCoy might get some game action, but nobody expected it to be at long snapper.
"He's pretty good actually," Gruden said of McCoy's long-snapping ability.
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The Redskins land in this long-snapping quandary due to a back injury to veteran snapper Nick Sundberg. He tweaked his back lifting weights earlier this week, and on Friday, the 'Skins brought in a pair of long snappers to work out in case Sundberg can't go on Sunday night.
But the question arose – what if Sundberg is able to play but reinjures his back during the game? Who would go in then?
That's when Gruden revealed the surprising news about McCoy. The coach explained that the backup quarterback was the best of the players that attempted the long snap.
"He's the best one we got," Gruden said. "Fingers crossed."
The specialists spoke highly of McCoy in the role.
"He's killing it," kicker Dustin Hopkins said Friday.
"I hate to give credit to a Longhorn, but the dude is pretty good," punter – and Oklahoma grad – Tress Way said of the famed University of Texas QB.
Way explained that McCoy is just a natural athlete. No matter what sport he tries his hand, including the ping pong tables in the locker room, McCoy can compete.
It's important for fans to remember that the likelihood of McCoy having to fire off a long snap is pretty remote. The team will thoroughly check to see if Sundberg can go Sunday night, and if he can't, it's very likely the team would then sign a new long snapper for the Packers game.
It could happen, but the chances are slim. If it does happen, and McCoy is the team's long snapper, Gruden joked "we'd probably go for it on a lot of fourth downs."
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