Seattle Seahawks

TE Anthony McCoy returns to Seahawks, will play Sunday

When Seattle lost tight end Jimmy Graham for the season to a torn patellar tendon, the Seahawks thought of Anthony McCoy. And McCoy thought of the Seahawks.

“My family came up to me telling me that there would be a chance and start packing,” McCoy said Wednesday, once again back in the Seahawks’ locker room. “I was like, ‘Ahhhh, I don’t know. We don’t know what they’re doing.” The very next day I got the phone call to come down here, so you just never know. You’ve just always got to be ready.”

The team called McCoy, who spent his first five professional seasons on and off the Seahawks roster, to work out last week. Seattle (7-5) added him to its active roster Wednesday, and he is expected to play Sunday at Baltimore (4-8).

The Seahawks needed a blocking tight end behind Luke Willson and Cooper Helfet, the more receiver-minded TEs who have moved up to one and two at the position since Graham got hurt late last month.

“He has a lot of background with us and our expectations,” coach Pete Carroll said of McCoy. “And that’s really important now, that he can fit right in. It’s hard for somebody just jump in with the intricacies we want him to play with. He’ll be able to do that. He’ll play in this game and be part of it. It feels comfortable getting him back.”

Carroll’s comments didn’t surprise McCoy.

“He doesn’t bring anybody here just to sit around,” McCoy said. “He wants you to be active and doing whatever it is: special teams, offense or defense. I just have to be physically and mentally prepared to do whatever’s asked of me.”

McCoy has made 34 appearances as a Seahawk, including 14 starts, with 31 receptions for 437 yards and three touchdowns. However, his 2013 and ‘14 seasons ended with Achilles injuries.

“It’s doing good now,” he said. “… It’s gotten a lot stronger, more flexible since then. Good to go.”

Seattle re-signed McCoy in March and terminated his contract in September. He moved to Washington D.C., where he started three of six games for the Redskins before being released last month.

McCoy said he had options with other teams, but he wanted to return to Seattle.

“Why wouldn’t I come back and play for this locker room?” he said. “There’s a great group of guys here, great coaches, great staff, from the facility on to the fans. It feels good to be home.”

The Seahawks released tight end Chase Coffman from the 53-man roster to make room for McCoy’s return. They had signed Coffman last week.

Seattle also signed safety Akeem Davis to take the roster spot vacated by Tuesday’s release of former starting cornerback Cary Williams.

Davis participated in Seattle’s 2013 rookie minicamp and has spent time with Washington, New Orleans and Tampa Bay, playing in 15 games on one assisted tackle and one forced fumble on defense, and 12 tackles and one forced fumble on special teams.

“The things that he does as a gunner covering kicks looked special to us,” Carroll said. “So when we had a chance to get him on the roster, we did it. I think that we could really use an infusion of that. We’ve lost some guys and have guys banged up, and with DeShawn Shead coming off special teams for the most part (while) starting at corner, there’s still a void there. His style jumped out at us.”


For the spring, summer and first 10 games of the regular season deep into last month, All-Pro Richard Sherman had Cary Williams starting opposite him at right cornerback.

Tuesday, the Seahawks cut Williams despite his guaranteed salary of $3.5 million this season.

Why, in Sherman’s established view, did it not work for Williams in his half-season for Seattle?

“It could be a number of things. This is a hard place to come in and acclimate to immediately,” Sherman said. “He’s a great guy and a phenomenal teammate. He handled everything professionally and did everything he could to help our ball club. There’s definitely nothing against him.

“Sometimes, it’s just not a fit. And unfortunately, that’s the way our front office saw it.”


Jimmy Graham remains in Florida recovering from his surgery last week. He went on injured reserve two days before the surgery. Carroll said the Seahawks expect him back before the start of the 2016 season.

“Jimmy’s getting more comfortable,” Carroll said. “It was uncomfortable. It was a very difficult surgery. The last time we communicated his spirits were good.

“We miss the heck out of him. He hasn’t been back (to team headquarters) yet, but we miss the heck out of him and we hope to see him soon. So we’re just staying in contact and kind of loving him along until he gets back.”


DT Jordan Hill (toe) and DL Demarcus Dobbs (concussion) remained out from practice. Both missed last weekend’s win at Minnesota. … The forecast for Sunday afternoon’s game in Baltimore: sunny high temperatures nearing 70. Yes, 70 degrees on the East Coast in mid-December. It could be a record-warm day there. … The Seahawks released WR Deshon Foxx from the practice squad and signed WRs Antwan Goodley and Douglas McNeil III to the practice squad. The team had released McNeil from the practice squad last week.

Staff writer Gregg Bell contributed to this report