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Cardinals Get Veteran Quarterback After Signing Colt McCoy

Will get a chance to compete with Chris Streveler for No. 2 role

Then-Giants QB Colt McCoy, the newest Cardinal, waits in the pocket during a game last season while Cardinals linebacker Haason Reddick (43) closes in.
Then-Giants QB Colt McCoy, the newest Cardinal, waits in the pocket during a game last season while Cardinals linebacker Haason Reddick (43) closes in.

The Cardinals have their starting quarterback, and that's been a given for awhile.

Now, they have a veteran backup – and a potential No. 2, depending on the growth of last year's No. 2.

Colt McCoy, who has been in the league since Cleveland drafted him in the third round in 2010, signed a one-year contract with the Cardinals Wednesday afternoon. While Kyler Murray is the unquestioned starter behind center, McCoy figures to compete with Chris Streveler – the 2020 No. 2 – for the higher point on the depth chart.

It was a big day for McCoy. Not only did he sign his contract, but before he flew to Arizona, he was there for the birth of his fourth child.

McCoy has played for the Browns, 49ers, Washington and the Giants over his 11 seasons. Last year, he served as Daniel Jones' backup in New York.

He has started 30 of the 44 games in which he has played in his career, with a 60.7 completion percentage, 6,455 yards, 30 touchdowns and 28 interceptions and a QB rating of 78.1.

For the Giants, he completed 40-of-66 passes in 2020 for 375 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

The Cardinals did get a brief look at McCoy in a live game last season, but there wasn't much to see other than the big finish to Haason Reddick’s titanic day in New York. McCoy came in for the Giants' final series in the Cardinals' 26-7 win, with as many completions (two) as times sacked by Reddick.

But this move goes beyond one appearance against the Cards. The team needed a veteran in the room, with Brett Hundley not returning after reaching free agency. McCoy, who turns 35 in September, joins Murray, Streveler and Cole McDonald.

Streveler wasn't needed as a backup until the season finale last season, when Murray sprained his ankle against the Rams. Streveler struggled mightily against arguably the best defense in the NFL, and even though Murray returned to the game late, the Cards lost and missed the playoffs.

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