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Reports: Giants agree to terms with QB Colt McCoy

The Giants and quarterback Colt McCoy have agreed to contract terms, according to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network.

The agreement is contingent on McCoy passing his physical, which will take place on a date yet to be determined.

This will be McCoy's 11th season in the NFL. He spent the last six years primarily as a backup in Washington, where he appeared in 12 games and made seven starts. He was originally a third-round selection in 2010 by Cleveland, where he made 21 of his 28 career starts over three seasons. In between, he spent the 2013 season with the San Francisco 49ers.

Overall, McCoy has completed 560 of 923 pass attempts (60.7 percent) for 6,080 yards with 29 touchdowns to 27 interceptions. According to Washington's media guide, McCoy is the only quarterback from the 2010 NFL Draft class who is currently active.

McCoy starred at Texas from 2006-09, earning 45 victories in 53 career starts to finish as the winningest quarterback in NCAA history at the time. He completed 1,157 of 1,645 passes for 13,253 yards with 112 touchdowns and 45 interceptions, while adding 447 rushes for 1,571 yards and 20 touchdowns.

At the time, he was the only quarterback in college annals to win at least 10 or more games in each of his four seasons. He finished his collegiate career owning 47 school records. His 13,253 passing yards ranked sixth in college football annals and his 112 passing touchdowns ranked seventh all-time in NCAA history.

View photos of the career of veteran quarterback Colt McCoy.

Giants hire Craig Fitzgerald as director of strength and performance

Fitzgerald comes from the University of Tennessee, where he had served as the director of strength and conditioning since 2018. His tenure with the Vols followed four seasons as the head strength and conditioning coach with the Houston Texans. He also spent two seasons leading the football strength and conditioning program at Penn State (2012-13) and three seasons leading South Carolina's strength and conditioning efforts (2009-11).

There was a vacancy with the Giants after Aaron Wellman left to become the senior assistant athletic director for football performance at Indiana, where he started his career as a graduate assistant.

Fitzgerald holds the highest honor awarded in his profession, the certification of Master Strength and Conditioning Coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa). He is also certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).


Reports: Giants agree to terms with safety and special teams ace Nate Ebner

The agreement is contingent on Ebner passing his physical, which will take place on a date yet to be determined.

Ebner is a 6-foot, 215-pounder who played in New England from 2012-19, the same eight years Giants coach Joe Judge was either a Patriots special teams assistant or coordinator.

The 31-year-old Ebner has played in 127 regular-season and postseason games without every starting one. He made his biggest impact on special teams, where he totaled 98 tackles. Ebner had more than 10 special teams tackles in six of his eight seasons, with a high of 19 stops in 2016, the only season in which he played all 16 games. He added seven postseason tackles.

The Patriots won all three Super Bowls in which Ebner played (he was sidelined for New England's loss to Philadelphia in Super Bowl LII after tearing his ACL while running for 14 yards and a first down on a fake punt vs. Miami on Nov. 26). He had a team-high eight special teams tackles when he was hurt.

Ebner joined the Patriots as a sixth-round draft choice (No. 197 overall) in the 2012 NFL Draft, from Ohio State. He quickly distinguished himself as a rookie, when he totaled 17 special teams tackles in 15 games, plus an additional stop in the postseason.

Ebner arrived at Ohio State as a walk-on in 2009 and finished his career at Ohio State on scholarship. Voted by his teammates as the team's most inspirational player and presented with the Bo-Rein Award at the end of the 2011 season. Also voted best special teams player for the 2011 season.

A world class rugby player, Ebner did not play football in high school. He was a standout on the United States U19 and U20 national teams from 2006-08 and was MVP of the Rugby World Cup in 2008 as a member of the U20 team.

Ebner was selected to the 2016 U.S. Olympic rugby squad, becoming the seventh player in NFL history and first since James Trapp, to participate in the Olympics and also win a pro football championship. Trapp played on the Baltimore Ravens team that defeated the Giants in Super Bowl XXXV. Ebner is the only player to participate in the Olympics and win an NFL championship in the same year.


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