EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants will face Cleveland Sunday night with a former Browns coach calling the plays and a former Browns quarterback executing them.
Daniel Jones is one of the Giants' seven inactive players for the game in MetLife Stadium, so Colt McCoy will start in his place for the second time in three weeks in the Giants' first Sunday night home game in four years. McCoy led the Giants to a victory in Seattle on Dec. 6.
The 11-year veteran entered the NFL as Cleveland's third-round draft choice in 2010. In three seasons with the Browns, McCoy started 21 of the 24 games in which he played. He was 6-15, with all of the starts coming in the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
This is McCoy's first career game against the team that drafted him.
McCoy will direct an offense under the direction of tight ends coach Freddie Kitchens, who was the Browns' head coach in 2019. Kitchens assumed play calling duties when offensive coordinator Jason Garrett tested positive last week for COVID-19.
"I was appreciative of my time with the Browns," McCoy said Friday. "I wish we could have won more games. There are some great people within that organization. The fans and the people in Cleveland are awesome. My wife and I really enjoyed our time there. We just didn't win enough. That's about all I'll say about Cleveland. I think right now our focus and our team's focus is we still have stuff to play for. They're a good football team. They've won a lot of games. We have our hands full with their guys up front. We know what we need to do to win this game. We have to prepare and focus and be ready to go out there and execute."
McCoy went 13-of-22 for 105 yards with a touchdown and interception in the Giants' 17-12 victory against the Seahawks. Tonight's start is the 30th of his career; he is 8-21.
The Giants will also play without one of their best defensive players, cornerback James Bradberry, who was played on the Reserve/COVID-19 list because he was deemed to be a high-risk close contact of an individual who tested positive. The contact did not occur at the Giants facility and the individual is not a member of the organization.
The team's other inactive players are cornerback Darnay Holmes (knee), wide receiver Dante Pettis, linebacker TJ Brunson, offensive linemen Kyle Murphy and Jackson Barton and defensive lineman RJ McIntosh.