Gruden expects practice to help McCoy

Ben Krimmel
November 23, 2018 - 12:03 pm
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Washington Redskins head Jay Gruden expects a week of practice will help quarterback Colt McCoy adjust to life as the Redskins starting quarterback.

"It can make a lot of difference," Gruden said about getting McCoy more practice time.

“I’ve always thought repetition is king. If you don’t get the repetitions, you’re gonna be behind a little bit,” Gruden said about McCoy on Friday.

Gruden noted McCoy, who hadn't taken a single repetition in practice with the Redskins first unit in preparation for Thursday's game, will benefit from the extra practice time before Washington travels to Philadelphia on Dec. 3. 

With 10 days to prepare for a critical NFC East matchup, the Redskins will take the weekend off to recuperate before using "Monday as a bonus day to work on their own stuff and get McCoy and (backup QB Mark) Sanchez as many reps as possible," according to 106.7 The Fan Redskins reporter Craig Hoffman.

Thursday's loss was a mixed-bag for the 32-year-old McCoy. In his first start since 2014, he threw for 268 yards on 38 attempts, two touchdowns, but had three interceptions. 

“He had ups and downs,” Gruden said Thursday. “He made some poor decisions, obviously, but he made some incredible plays, incredible throws.”

The turnovers were killers for Washington and something McCoy will have to fix.

Another thing Redskins fans would like to see fixed: the Redskins running game, as Adrian Peterson managed just 35 yards on 12 carries against the Cowboys. Washington has struggled running the ball since the O-line suffered numerous injuries during a Week 9 loss to the Falcons.

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