Colt McCoy would likely start for the NY Giants if QB Daniel Jones is forced to miss Sunday’s game against the Seahawks, but the Giants might need to add a QB should Jones miss extended time
For the first time in nearly two decades, the NY Giants could be facing uncertainty at quarterback.
NY Giants quarterback Daniel Jones will undergo an MRI Monday to determine the severity of a right hamstring injury suffered during Sunday’s 19-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, and determine his availability for next week’s game against the Seattle Seahawks and beyond.
“I’d say I’m optimistic at this point right now,” Giants head coach Joe Judge said following Sunday’s game. “Now, I don’t want to get ahead and say yay or nay because I don’t have the medical information.”
Colt McCoy came on in relief of Jones on Sunday, and completed 6-of-10 passing attempts for 31 yards. Because it takes at least four days to clear COVID-19 testing and entry protocols, it is all but assured that McCoy would start against the Seahawks next week if Jones is unavailable.
However, if Jones is forced to miss extended time, the Giants might need to look outside the organization both for insurance on a possible McCoy injury and maybe even an upgrade for the final four games in the throes of a division race.
Given that McCoy is currently the only quarterback on the Giants’ active roster and the only practice squad quarterback is Clayton Thorson, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the organization goes shopping in free agency or off another team’s practice squad for a quarterback this week.
Here’s a look at three possible options:
Cooper Rush – Dallas Cowboys practice squad
Cooper Rush originally followed offensive coordinator Jason Garrett from the Dallas Cowboys to the Giants and spent training camp in East Rutherford this summer before he was released from the practice squad back on Sept. 29.
Rush is intimately familiar with Garrett’s system, and Garrett with Rush’s skill-set.
In five career games, Rush has completed just one of three passing attempts for two yards.
There are certainly more accomplished — and experienced — options available on practice squads across the league and via free agency, but Rush could be a name to watch given the Giants and Garrett’s experience with him earlier this year.