BY KEVIN CONNELL (@_KevinConnell)
Count Chris Cooley among the Colt McCoy believers.
Cooley, a former Redskins tight end, said on ESPN 980 Monday that the Redskins backup quarterback was good enough to be a starter on a number of NFL teams this season.
“I feel so comfortable with Colt McCoy as our backup quarterback,” Cooley said, according to the Washington Post. “I would put Colt McCoy theoretically in the top 32 quarterbacks in the league. I think there are six teams he could start for this year.”
After the show, Cooley, along with the Post’s Dan Steinberg, came up with specific teams for which he believed McCoy could start. Using a recent ESPN.com quarterback rankings story as a reference, Cooley appeared to say that McCoy could start for the Los Angeles Rams, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Houston Texans, Buffalo Bills and New York Jets.
Previously, McCoy told Steinberg that he had five offers this past offseason, including the Redskins, though he wouldn’t have been competing for the starting job with any of them.
During last Friday’s 22-18 preseason win over New York Jets at FedEx Field, McCoy completed 13 of 16 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns along with one interception. He started the game after a pregame decision was made to rest starter Kirk Cousins and played the entire first half.
Cooley said McCoy had “great timing and command of the offense,” but added that he was “doing a little too much” when he slides and moves in the pocket “when he doesn’t have to.”
In the Redskins’ first preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons on Aug. 11, McCoy was 7 of 11 for 53 yards in relief of Cousins, who started and played briefly in the game.
McCoy, 29, started four games for the Redskins in 2014 before a season-ending injury. He also started 21 games for the Browns across three seasons from 2010-12. He was a backup with the 49ers in 2013 before signing with the Redskins.
For his NFL career, McCoy has thrown for 5,586 yards, 26 touchdowns and 23 interceptions.
Rookie quarterback Nate Sudfeld, the team’s likely third-string quarterback this season, went 10 for 20 passing with 77 yards and one score against the Jets. The touchdown, an 18-yard pass to rookie wide receiver Kendal Thompson with 29 seconds remaining, helped give the Redskins the win.