Thursday, October 31, 2013
Bucs' McCoy ranks NFL's top escape artists
By Pat Yasinskas
TAMPA, Fla. – According to defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will face the NFL’s top two quarterbacks when it comes to escape ability in back-to-back weeks.
They already faced Carolina’s Cam Newton and lost. They’ll face Seattle’s Russell Wilson on Sunday. McCoy had high praise (and a lighthearted low blow) for Wilson.
“I think he’s second to Cam Newton as an escape artist,’’ McCoy said. “Cam is just because of his size and athletic ability. But Russell, he has this move where he gets you two steps to the right, spins back and go back to his left. It’s ridiculous. That pump fake. He’s a great escape artist. We lost contain this last game with Cam. We can’t do it with this guy. Cam, at least you can see him. Russell is 4-foot-10.’’
For the record, Wilson is listed at 5-11. But I get McCoy’s picture. I stood next to Wilson at the IMG Academy when he was preparing for the 2012 scouting combine, and I think 5-11 might be a little generous.