It may have been the most Colt McCoy moment ever. You can only imagine what was going through his head having been told just hours earlier that Brandon Weeden would be the starting quarterback.
Pat Shurmur named Weeden the starter following the afternoon practice, saying “Weeden will start in Detroit and will be the starter going forward.”
Shurmur said that he had spoken to all of the quarterbacks about the decision, and that they all were very professional about the decision.
McCoy would say after practice that he loves the Browns, the city and the fans. He feels like he gives the best he has every chance he gets. “I’m the first one on the field and the last one off.” He added nothing about that will change whether he is the starter or the second string.
“I would like to say, that I haven’t taken any snaps with the first group.” McCoy would also add “I thought coming in it would be a competition.”
The inference of course is that Colt doesn’t feel as if he was really given a shot at the starting job.
The truth is, Colt should have seen this coming and probably did. You don’t draft a QB in the first round- especially a 28 year old QB- and sit him. The Browns know it is now or never with Brandon Weeden. They can’t waste productive years with him. And no matter who McCoy was throwing to or whether they caught the ball, he was out-played by Weeden to this point in camp.
The news about the QB position was certainly the highlight of an otherwise uneventful practice. DE/LB Marcus Benard left the field under his own power, and did not the return. The Browns did not offer a report on Benard.
The Browns will release a depth chart at some point today. Shurmur revealed that Mitchel Schwartz will be listed as the starter at right tackle. Not a surprise for those following the reps closely. Schwartz is learning as he goes against Jabaal Sheard, and starting to hold his own.
Shurmur would not reveal his starting WR grouping, adding “those guys rotate packages often.”
Evan Moore and Ahtyba Rubin participated fully in practice for the first time. Rubin was back to his starting DT spot woring alongside Scott Paxson who seems to have taken the starting spot in Phil Taylor’s absence.
Greg Little made a beautiful catch laying out for a pass from Weeden. Mohamed Massaquoi continued to catch the ball, while rookie Travis Benjamin was up and down with a dropped pass and punt return.
Not practicing today were Usama Young, Carlton Mitchell, Ben Watson and Frostee Rucker.
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