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Giants agree to one-year deal with backup QB Colt McCoy

Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy during the second half

Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy during the second half of an NFL game against the Cowboys in Arlington, Texas, on Dec. 15, 2019. Credit: AP/Michael Ainsworth

Daniel Jones will have a new veteran to lean on as he enters his second NFL season.

The Giants agreed to terms with quarterback Colt McCoy on Thursday, a source confirmed. NFL Network first reported the one-year agreement for the 10-year veteran who spent the last six seasons with Washington. McCoy, 33, will join Alex Tanney as part of the experienced support staff surrounding Jones. The Giants exercised their option on Tanney for the 2020 season earlier this month.

McCoy made 21 of his 28 career starts in his first three NFL seasons with the Browns. Since then he has started just seven games. His one start for Washington in 2019 came in a 33-7 loss to the Patriots with new Giants head coach Joe Judge on the sideline.

The Giants had been looking for another experienced backup and expressed some interest in Matt Moore before agreeing to terms with McCoy.

Whether Tanney or McCoy will serve as the actual backup will likely be determined in the preseason. With NFL rosters expanding to 55 players from the previous 53 under the new CBA, teams will have more room to keep a third quarterback if they chose to do so.

New strength coach. Craig Fitzgerald will be named the Giants’ new strength and conditioning coach, he announced on Twitter on Thursday. He replaces Aaron Wellman, who held that title for four seasons before leaving for a similar job at his alma mater, the University of Indiana. Fitzgerald most recently worked at the University of Tennessee and has also worked at Penn State and the University of South Carolina at the college level along with the Texans in the NFL.

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