While the quarterback situation remains cloudy, the lack of practice from Seneca Wallace appears to lend rookie Colt McCoy a bit of an advantage in terms of starting against the New England Patriots this Sunday. Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer reports that Wallace was slated to practice but is not quite ready, leaving McCoy with all of the first-team repetitions.
With official injury reports slated to be released Thursday afternoon, a lot will hinge on whether or not Wallace can practice – even at a limited level – though it may not matter with kickoff less than four days away.
“I think Seneca is closer to coming back than Jake [Delhomme], but we’ll have to see how it goes,” said Mangini on Wednesday afternoon. “Assuming that it stays the way it is now, [starting McCoy on Sunday] would be my intention.”
ESPN’s Scouts Inc. has already published their thoughts on McCoy getting the snaps through the rest of the season. As Cabot points out, if McCoy does get the start against Bill Belichick’s Patriots, his first three starts will come against teams that have won six of the nine most recent Super Bowls. With the Browns currently boasting the toughest schedule year-to-date, it is not about to get any easier with the one-loss Pats coming to town.
“We got a little extra work in last week against New England, so we’ve kind of have a pretty good idea game plan-wise of what we want to do, what we want to accomplish,” said McCoy following Wednesday’s practice. “Like I said, I know that this team is working really hard. We had some good practices before the bye and Monday we had a good one. We have just got to continue to build and New England is a great football team.”
“I just really have got to be sharp, execute what we are trying to do and that’s the only way we will have a chance to win this game.”
Interestingly enough, while the Browns were two-touchdown underdogs to both the Pittsburgh Steelers and New Orleans Saints, the Patriots are currently favored by an average of five points across the major sports books. In Colt they trust?
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