Two numerical oddities with the composition of the Washington Redskins initial 53-man roster reverted to norms Monday with a single transaction.
The Redskins signed tight end Anthony McCoy and released cornerback DeShazor Everett, the team announced.
McCoy, 27, becomes Washington's third tight end. The Redskins initially kept only Jordan Reed and Derek Carrier. Another TE, Je'Ron Hamm, was added to the practice squad Sunday.
Among the final cuts by the Seattle Seahawks Saturday, McCoy played with Seattle from 2010-2012. The former sixth-round pick from USC missed the last two seasons with Achilles injuries. He caught a career-high 18 receptions for an impressive 291 yards (16.2 ypc) in 2012.
Everett went from roster longshot to making the initial final cuts due to his special teams prowess. The Redskins kept five corners and 10 defensive backs total in addition to suspended CB Bashaud Breeland.
What this means: Going into the season with two tight ends didn't make sense, especially considering Reed's injury history. Of course, sounds like McCoy has his own medical fears. Everett could find himself added to the practice squad.
What they said: Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell spoke about McCoy last month during training camp, the Seattle Times reported.
On having Anthony McCoy back: “It’s good to see him back, he worked his tail off a year ago to make it back, and then to have that injury happen on the other leg was probably very disappointing to him. But he stuck with it, he attacked rehab, and it’s really cool to see him back out here with what he’s been through.”
On if Anthony McCoy is back to playing at 100 percent: “He’s getting there. Early in camp I don’t think he quite had his legs under him. But as you’re able to work through more and get more of a workload, it’s hard to simulate exactly what he’s going to get out there, guys with bodies leaning on him, guys pushing on him, but as he’s worked through camp here he’s done a nice job of getting his wind, getting his legs, and that kind of thing.”
McCoy's comments on his comeback via the Associated Press:
“Honestly, (I feel) normal,” McCoy said. “And dammit it feels (good to be) normal. God it feels so good to be out here right now.”
Both tears were non-contact injuries that ended his seasons before they could get started.
“This is one of those things you can’t see coming,” McCoy said. “If it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen.”
McCoy was cleared to return to football activities in July. Now he’s just working on getting back into game shape and rediscovering his rapport with Russell Wilson.
“I’m almost there. I’m working through the kinks and the cracks and stuff, just getting back into it,” McCoy said. “When you’re off the field for two years you’re probably going to be a little rusty in some areas, as I am. But I’m doing well. I’m back to 100 percent. Well, no one is really 100 percent, I’m back in the 90s right now.”