Colt McCoy may have broken his right fibula just an hour ago, but members of the Washington Redskins’ front office are already on the phones working to find their next backup quarterback to play behind Mark Sanchez.
According to a report from NBC Sports’ JP Finlay, the Redskins are already zeroing in on signing another backup quarterback, and you shouldn’t expect any surprises.
Less than a month ago, when Alex Smith went down with a broken leg, the Redskins put together a plan that night to bring in a group of quarterbacks to work out for them the following day. Included in that group were EJ Manuel, T.J. Yates, Kellen Clemens, Josh Johnson and of course, Mark Sanchez. According to Finaly’s report, we should expect the Redskins to sign one of these four free agents.
Manuel most recently played for the Oakland Raiders this preseason, but was cut at the 53-man roster deadline. He was in the headlines just a couple of weeks ago when he took a shot at former Buffalo Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman on Instagram for underperforming. He alluded to the color of his skin for being the reason he was employed and Manuel wasn’t. Peterman was released last month after backup quarterback Matt Barkley had an impressive performance against the New York Jets. Manuel spent the majority of his time in Buffalo, and has recorded 3,767 yards, 20 touchdowns and 16 interceptions in his career.
Yates was a fifth round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft and has spent time with the Houston Texans, Atlanta Falcons and Miami Dolphins. In 2012, Yates led the Texans to their first ever playoff win in a 31-10 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, and became just the fifth rookie quarterback to win a playoff game. In his carer, the UNC product has recorded 2,057 yards, 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
Clemens has been in the league for 12 years and was most recently with the Los Angeles Chargers. He backed up Philip Rivers in 2017 and appeared in just eight games, completing 6-of-8 passes for 36 yards and one interception. Over his long career, he has also spent time with the Jets and St. Louis Rams.
Johnson is the quarterback for the San Diego Fleet in the Alliance of American Football. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft, and has played professional football for over 10 teams. He last saw action in an NFL regular season game in 2013 for the Bengals. Just last week, he was drafted as the No. 1 overall pick in the AAF quarterback draft.