Colt McCoy Continues Development at Cleveland Browns OTAs

Brian DiTullioSenior Writer IJune 4, 2010

BEREA, OH - MAY 01: Colt McCoy #12 of the Cleveland Browns gets ready to throw a pass during rookie mini camp at the Cleveland Browns Training and Administrative Complex on May 1, 2010 in Berea, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Colt McCoy got a little more face time in with the media this week after throwing well during the Cleveland Browns OTAs.

McCoy did have one pass batted down by DB Ramzee Robinson, but that was the only reported negative out of McCoy’s sessions.

There still is some debate around the blogosphere about what role McCoy actually will end up playing in the 2010 edition of the Browns, but there is no doubt about who will be starting for the team in Week One.

Team president Mike Holmgren said his first week on the job that you pick one quarterback to be your starter, and then you throw all your resources behind “that guy.”

This is Jake Delhomme’s team, and all McCoy can do is go out during the preseason and prove to everyone that he’s a good investment. By doing that, it’s possible he could end up earning the backup spot, but realistically, even that’s a long shot.

McCoy is going to be the emergency third quarterback on this team, but that doesn’t mean Head Coach Eric Mangini won’t take every advantage he can out of the situation.

It’s not outside the realm of possibility for Mangini to activate McCoy, and list him as a wide receiver for the pure purpose of just throwing him out on the field to confuse the defense in a flash package.

Other than that, expect McCoy to become an expert at wearing a ball cap and holding a clipboard during the 2010 season, because barring a total meltdown on Delhomme’s part, or catastrophic injury to both Delhomme and Seneca Wallace, I believe Holmgren and Mangini when they say McCoy won’t be playing much this year.

While it’s very doubtful McCoy will hold out, there still is the matter of signing a contract before training camp starts, but that should be an obstacle easily cleared.

Brett Ratliff still is on the team, and it is possible the Browns might try and keep Ratliff around, but keeping four quarterbacks on the roster rarely is done, so stay tuned on that account.

Ratliff was completely unimpressive in his brief preseason appearances last year, and wasn’t allowed to see the field after Brady Quinn went down for the season and Derek Anderson’s passing game pretty much was cut off in favor of handing the ball of to Jerome Harrison.

Right now, McCoy is saying and doing all the right things, and that’s the best news anyone who is a Browns fan can receive right now because if a guy who hasn’t even signed his contract yet is showing this much commitment, the future is bright.


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