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Colt McCoy or Daniel Jones? It’s a Giant Question as New York Hunts for Playoff Berth

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An air of mystery suddenly surrounds who will be the starting quarterback for the first-place New York Giants this week.

Yes, the 4-7 Giants are in first place of the NFC Least division. So what’s the big deal? It involves the quarterback situation, though few people think it will make much of a difference in the big scheme of things. But hey, fantasy football owners may actually give a hoot.

Anyway, as far as anyone can tell, backup quarterback Colt McCoy will see action for the second time this Sunday against the highly-favored Seattle Seahawks. McCoy also went 6-of-10 passing for 31 yards in the Giants’ close win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Fans may remember McCoy as the guy who would save the Cleveland Browns a decade ago. That never worked out. McCoy is now 34-years old and playing caddy to Giants starter Daniel Jones. He is in his 11th season, but he has made only seven starts in the last nine years. This will likely be his eighth.

Meanwhile, Jones is the resident starter in his second season, but he has suffered a hamstring injury. He worked with trainers to rehab it on Wednesday. Could he return in time to face the Seahawks?

Giants coach Joe Judge says he doesn’t know. Or more specifically, Judge is in “wait-and-hear” mode on Jones’ progress and possible availability.

Either way, the Giants are entering the playoff portion of their schedule. They’re actually tied with the Washington Football Team for first in the division, with the Philadelphia Eagles (4-6-1) just a half-game back and the miserable Dallas Cowboys (3-8) one full game back.

So every moment counts for the entire division. For the Giants, the question becomes whether McCoy can do for them what he was once supposed to do for Cleveland. If not, hey, Jones could play anyway.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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