By Peter Brennan
Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy has yet to take a snap this offseason after a third surgery on his leg in April.
McCoy did not practice with the team during OTAs or mandatory minicamp.
In a normal quarterback battle, that would put McCoy at a distinct disadvantage, but the Redskins quarterback battle is not exactly normal.
Via NBCSportsWashington.com, Washington’s coaching staff “definitely hasn’t” counted out Colt McCoy in the race for the starting job.
“We would love for him to take some reps, but obviously his health is more important right now than anything, and that is the most important thing for him,” coach Jay Gruden said of McCoy. “When his time comes it will come quickly. He will be ready.”
Gruden’s message speaks to the biggest advantage McCoy has over Case Keenum and rook Dwayne Haskins. He was there last year. He knows the playbook and won’t have the same learning curve as the other two once healthy. In fact, he’s been with the team since 2014.
While Haskins has been vocal about how his top priority this offseason is learning the playbook and gaining a mastery of calling plays in the huddle, McCoy has been doing that for years. Keenum added that learning Gruden’s offense is like learning a new language.
“There’s no Rosetta Stone for the west coast offense,” he said.
Once McCoy hits the field, those advantages should show up right away.