While quarterback Colt McCoy doesn't know how much time, if any, he'll get to play Sunday vs. the Cowboys, he's approached this week like any other.
Quarterback Colt McCoy hasn't taken any reps in practice this week, and head coach Jay Gruden has been mum on how long he plans to keep starter Kirk Cousins on the field Sunday against the Cowboys, but the second stringer is ready to be under center when his number is called.
Check out these photos of the Redskins' offense preparing for their Week 17 match up against the Dallas Cowboys Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, at Redskins Park in Loudoun County, Va.
"It's kind of been business as usual around here, so I'm just kind of approaching it like I would any other game," McCoy said. "That's kind of the role I've been in all year. You just have to be prepared, because you never know. So I've just kind of treated it like I would any other week."
McCoy has only played three snaps this season, which came in the fourth quarter of the Redskins' blowout victory over the Saints. But with the team clinching the division last week, and the precautions Washington will make to rest starters and injured players, McCoy will likely have his opportunity to drop back in the pocket in the final regular season game.
"He's dying to play. All of these guys who haven't gotten a lot of reps are dying for an opportunity to play and Colt's no different," Gruden said Friday. "I think if he gets an opportunity to play, he'll be ready to go. He's been preparing himself, doing a great job but he definitely wants to play. He played well last year at Dallas."
In that particular game, an unexpected 20-17 overtime victory on Monday Night Football, McCoy threw for 299 yards and ran for a touchdown, leading the team's only win on the road last season. When he walks through the tunnel again at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, some of those memories are sure to cross his mind.
"Every win in the NFL is special, especially when you win on the road," McCoy said. "But yeah, that was a big win for us last year and I wish it could have spurred us on to more wins, but that was a fun time. Now it's a whole new different situation, so you just have to go out there and be prepared like you are every week."
In the probable chance he plays Sunday, McCoy recognizes the challenge in finding a rhythm with players who haven't had much exposure to playing in the NFL, let alone on a big stage against a division rival.
McCoy flourished under some of those conditions during the 2015 preseason, completing 41-of-57 passes (71.9 percent) for 416 yards with four touchdowns to no interceptions, for a team-best 115.8 quarterback rating.
"It definitely is a unique situation," McCoy said. "If I do get in, we'll be playing with guys that haven't played a whole lot all year: some new offensive linemen, new receivers, new tight ends. So I think the bottom line is to just go out there and execute what's called, regardless of who's out there with you, what you're playing with, or what the score is. I treat it as an opportunity to go compete and that's certainly what I'd like to do."