EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Quarterback Daniel Jones today missed practice for the second straight day, increasing the likelihood that backup Colt McCoy will start Sunday, when the Giants visit the Seattle Seahawks in Lumen Field.
McCoy saw his first game action of the season last week in Cincinnati, where he completed six of 10 passes for 31 yards after Jones injured his right hamstring in the Giants' 19-17 victory against the Bengals. For most of the season, he was widely praised by teammates and coaches for his work quarterbacking the scout team against the Giants' defense in practice.
"He's done a tremendous job all year," coach Joe Judge said. "Now while he may have had limited reps in certain weeks, he's done a great job of doing everything he can to get himself mentally and physically ready, whether that's playing against our defense giving the other team's look, or whether that's standing behind Daniel as he runs plays and getting the mental reps of declaring who the mike is, getting his dropback behind the scenes and a lot of things you can't really see without being at practice. But every player for us we have confidence in. We expect anyone who's at the game to give us production and perform at the level to help us have success."
McCoy has started 28 games in 11 NFL seasons but just six since 2012. He last started on Oct. 6, 2019, for Washington against New England.
"I thought Colt did a really good job last week in the game getting comfortable and allowing us to function as an offense," offensive coordinator Jason Garrett said. "I thought he handled himself really well. … If he does have to play in the ball game this week, hopefully he'll be comfortable. You look for things in his past he's comfortable with. With you or with somebody else. Just so when that ball is snapped, it's all internalized in him. He's just going out there and playing football."
Even if Jones is unable to play, Judge says he will have his starter make the trip.
"I plan for him to travel, yes," Judge said. "The only thing that would ever supersede that right there, to be honest with you, is if there was any issue with COVID where we thought it was a bad measure for Daniel to go or for anyone on the team to have extra players there, or if there was a situation where we thought that the flight out there would impact the injury worse, that it would go ahead and slow the recovery. That would be the only thing. We took Saquon (Barkley) earlier in the year to LA. He's a captain and we wanted him out there with the team. Same with Daniel. He's a captain.
"Obviously, we're getting him ready to play right now. We have to wait and see where his body is at. But the only thing that would slow that down would be something medically that we didn't think was to his advantage (to travel)."
*In addition to Jones, rookie linebacker Cam Brown did not practice due to illness. Brown could get more playing time in Seattle because Kyler Fackrell this week became the third outside linebacker to go on injured reserve, joining Lorenzo Carter and Oshane Ximines.
Four players remained limited in practice: wide receivers Sterling Shepard (toe/shoulder) and Darius Slayton (shoulder/foot), safety Nate Ebner (knee) and linebacker David Mayo (knee).
*Wide receiver Golden Tate threw his second pass of the season in Cincinnati and is the only player other than Jones and McCoy with an attempt this season. Had McCoy suffered an injury, Tate likely would have been the emergency quarterback.
"I would say I was ready, but I was not prepared," Tate said. "Hopefully it doesn't get there, but I guess that's part of being resilient. We'll figure something out. We have some great play-callers and some great athletes on our team. We'll figure something out."
*The Giants terminated cornerback Chris Williamson from their practice squad. Williamson was a seventh-round draft choice this year, from the University of Minnesota.
*To honor the millions of essential workers in the Tri-State area, MetLife, together with the Giants and Jets, have launched the MetLife Workforce Mural contest, which invites aspiring artists to submit artwork that celebrates this vital workforce. Two winning art designs will be selected and turned into a pair of two-story-high murals that will be on display at MetLife Stadium beginning in 2021.
This year, everyday workers have stepped up in heroic ways to keep our communities going during the global pandemic. From grocery workers and delivery drivers to small business owners and first responders, these everyday champions have continued to play a vital role in ensuring that individuals get the assistance, services, food and medical help needed throughout the pandemic. The MetLife Workforce Mural contest encourages aspiring artists of all levels - and Giants and Jets fans - to create original artwork that is inspired by this workforce. Contest and submission details can be found at giants.com/metlife and nyjets.com/metlife.
MetLife has teamed up with former Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz and former Jets linebacker Bart Scott to drive the initiative's call for art submissions. They will serve as part of the panel selecting the winning artwork.
"From bus drivers and pharmacists to nurses and EMTs – these workers are truly everyday heroes," Cruz said. "I'm proud to be part of this program that honors these workers through artistic expression. I hope that Jets and Giants fans alike take the opportunity to be a part of this program and show us their passion and creativity."
The call for art submissions will close on Dec. 14, 2020. The campaign is open for all levels of artistry from trained artists to individuals with a creative passion. Submitters must be 14 years of age or older and all submissions should be original artwork in the following formats: JPEG, PDF, BMP, PNG, GIF (non-animated) or TIF and be no larger than 15MB. For those interested in submitting their artwork that commemorates the everyday workforce, please visit nyjets.com/metlife or giants.com/metlife.
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