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Delhomme to start for Browns

Posted by Chris Brown on December 10, 2010 – 12:49 pm

Colt McCoy practiced on a limited basis Friday, but veteran Jake Delhome will make his third straight start for the Browns as they face the Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium Sunday.

Browns head coach Eric Mangini said that based on how practice goes today (Friday) and how McCoy feels Saturday will determine whether or not McCoy can serve as the emergency third string QB against the Bills. McCoy has a high ankle sprain suffered three weeks ago.

Seneca Wallace will serve as the Browns’ backup quarterback.

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Looking like Delhomme

Posted by Chris Brown on December 9, 2010 – 4:31 pm

With Colt McCoy not practicing again on Thursday it looks like Jake Delhomme will again be the starter for the Browns against the Bills on Sunday.

Delhomme has started each of the last two games, both victories, in place of McCoy who suffered a high ankle sprain. Bills head coach Chan Gailey hasn’t seen much of a difference in Cleveland’s offense with Delhomme or McCoy under center.

“Delhomme is more of a pocket guy whereas Colt’s more of a sprint-out, bootleg type guy, that’s the basic difference,” said Gailey. “The rest of it is the same.”

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Browns starting QB up in air

Posted by Chris Brown on December 8, 2010 – 1:00 pm

Cleveland head coach Eric Mangini has had veteran Jake Delhomme start at quarterback the past two games while Colt McCoy has been trying to recover from a high ankle sprain suffered Nov. 21st against Jacksonville.

Mangini however, is not ruling McCoy out yet for this week’s game against the Bills.

“Colt worked more yesterday and that looked pretty positive so I’m hoping he’s going to be able to practice at some point this week,” said Mangini. “We’ll just have to see. Each week we get closer and he definitely made some strides from last week and where he is now.”

If McCoy cannot play this week, Delhomme would make his third straight start and fourth of the season.

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Teams looking to move up

Posted by Chris Brown on April 23, 2010 – 9:25 am

St. Louis is a team that’s expected to be getting a ton of phone calls leading up to round 2 of the NFL draft at 6 pm here on Friday. One team that could be calling is the Carolina Panthers.

According to’s Jason LaCanfora, Carolina has their eye on Texas QB Colt McCoy and may make a move up from their current spot at 48 ahead of teams like Cleveland and Buffalo to ensure they can get the QB.

All it would take for Carolina to get up to the top pick here on day two (33) the Panthers could offer their third-round pick at 78 overall and it’s enough to get it done.

However, there are conflicting reports that Carolina has too many other pressing positional needs to give up a pick, let alone use a second rounder on a quarterback.

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Rams phone will be ringing

Posted by Chris Brown on April 22, 2010 – 11:21 pm

For any NFL team that covets a quarterback still on the board be it Clausen or McCoy they better be calling the Rams before round two begins.

With Minnesota acquiring the 34th overall pick in their day one deal with Detroit, the Vikings are a virtual lock to take a QB. Most believe they’ll take Clausen. So if there is another NFL club that covets Clausen or wants to ensure they get their player, they have to leapfrog the Vikings.

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Best left at positions of need

Posted by Chris Brown on April 22, 2010 – 11:18 pm

There is quality talent still on the board at Buffalo’s perceived positions of need for their pick at 41 in round two.

At offensive tackle
Rodger Saffold – Indiana
Charles Brown – USC
Bruce Campbell – Maryland

At nose tackle
Terrence Cody – Alabama
Linval Joseph – East Carolina
Cam Thomas – North Carolina
Torell Troup – Central Florida

At quarterback
Jimmy Clausen – Notre Dame
Colt McCoy – Texas
Dan LeFevour – Central Michigan

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McCoy’s arm strength issues dismissed

Posted by Chris Brown on April 7, 2010 – 11:28 am

Colt McCoy has been knocked for his arm strength as a lot of write ups point out his lack of prototype size and throwing short often in the Texas offense. ESPN’s Mel Kiper dismissed it.

“These people that are saying McCoy doesn’t have enough arm strength to play in a poor weather city are off the mark,” said Kiper. “They say McCoy threw all short passes at Texas, but the reason he did is because he had to. That offensive line for the Longhorns wasn’t all that great so he had to get the ball out to keep the offense moving. And critics say he’s too small. He’s not six feet and under 200 pounds. He’s 6’1 1/4″ and about 215 pounds. He showed he can throw deep at his pro day, which is why I have him going to Cleveland in the second round with the 38th pick.”

Personally, I think Clausen is still a possibility for Cleveland at seven with the Browns addressing other needs in round two. Holmgren saying he wished he liked Clausen more is a smoke screen.

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Browns eyeing QB McCoy

Posted by Chris Brown on March 23, 2010 – 9:06 am

The Cleveland Browns have been as busy as anyone with respect to addressing their quarterback position this offseason, and there are indications they’ll draft another come April.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting that the Browns might be narrowing their focus a bit at the QB position down to Texas prospect Colt McCoy.

mortreport    Hearing Browns interest in Colt McCoy is real – either w 2nd round pick or package picks to move into bottom of 1st rd. Don’t rule it out.

Keep in mind a lot of what you hear this time of year is far from accurate because NFL personnel executives like to throw other teams off the trail by leaking false information to reporters. So it’s difficult to know what to believe. But if McCoy is a genuine target of the Browns, it’s likely they’d be looking at him in round 2.

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McShay has no 2nd rd QBs

Posted by Chris Brown on March 18, 2010 – 3:59 pm

The quarterback class in the 2010 has been described as “thin” by many so called draft experts. ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay took that characterization a step further when asked what could be available in round two after Sam Bradford and Jimmy Clausen are off the board.

“First of all I have Bradford rated fifth overall and I have Clausen rated 36th on my board, which I understand is lower than most,” said McShay. “Even if you consider him a first rounder I don’t have another quarterback with a second round grade in this class. They’re the only two players, Bradford and Clausen, that I have with grades in the first two rounds.”

“I think Colt McCoy, as much as I love him and his competitiveness, I think he’s overrated. I think he’s going to have a big, big shock to the system when he gets to the next level. I don’t think Tebow is worth a second-round pick. I don’t think (Tony) Pike or anyone else in this class is worth a second-round pick.”

Now that’s only one analyst’s opinion, but “thin” has been used by more than one draft analyst when describing the QB class. That doesn’t mean there isn’t good value in rounds 3 or 4, but when it comes to what the Bills might do in rounds one and two, quarterback is looking less and less like it will be in the cards, unless Clausen is still on the board at nine.  

McShay went on to say that in rounds one and two you’re aim is to draft players that can start for you right away or at some point in their rookie season. That’s primarily why he doesn’t have Tebow as a worthwhile choice in the first two rounds. He believes he needs time to develop and would be a better value in rounds 3 or 4.

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Report: QB McCoy to visit Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on March 16, 2010 – 6:41 am

Quarterback is widely considered one of Buffalo’s more pressing positional needs and it looks as if the team is going to leave no stone unturned.

With pre-draft visits already underway, the Bills will be hosting Texas QB Colt McCoy next month. According to the visit will cover two days from April 11-12.

McCoy is viewed as a second-round pick. The former Longhorn is also scheduled to visit the Rams who hold the first pick in the draft as well as the top pick in round two.

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QB Wonderlic scores

Posted by Chris Brown on March 10, 2010 – 1:18 pm

A few of the QB prospects scores on the Wonderlic test from the combine have leaked out.

Per Edgar Thompson of, Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford did the best among the more notable signal callers.

Bradford scored a 36 out of 50.
Colt McCoy had a 25
Jimmy Clausen had a 23
Tim Tebow had a 22

None of those scores are considered to be in a range that would raise a red flag among NFL clubs.

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McCoy’s height not an issue

Posted by Chris Brown on March 9, 2010 – 10:20 am

Texas QB Colt McCoy has been knocked by the so called draft experts for his lack of height as he measured just a shade over 6’1″ at the NFL combine last month. But McCoy says his height was not an issue for NFL talent evaluators.

Based on the interviews McCoy had with NFL clubs at the combine, he told’s Gil Brandt that teams did not see it as a negative. The reason why is because of McCoy’s high delivery angle.

When scouts watched him on tape they were impressed that very few of his passes were knocked down at the line despite his lack of height and attribute it partly to his delivery.

Drew Brees, who McCoy has been compared to at times, also find ways to keep passes from being batted down at the line of scrimmage despite being just 6-foot. He also is very good at finding passing lanes between defenders at the line of scrimmage.

McCoy said his shoulder is completely healed and 100 percent and that he’ll be full go at the Texas pro day, which according to the official schedule is set for March 31st.

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McCoy to throw at Combine

Posted by Chris Brown on February 16, 2010 – 10:09 am

Texas QB Colt McCoy is going to try to throw at the NFL Combine next week.

McCoy told the Austin American-Statesman that he’s healing “much faster than normal” following the throwing shoulder injury that forced him from the National Championship Game in the first half against Alabama.

McCoy is projected by the so called draft experts as a second or third-round pick.

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Colt McCoy update

Posted by Chris Brown on January 14, 2010 – 12:51 pm

University of Texas QB Colt McCoy’s shoulder suffered no structural damage according to famed orthopedist Dr. James Andrews. As a result McCoy intends to participate fully in the NFL Combine workout come late February.

According to the Austin American-Statesmen Dr. Andrews’ diagnosis was McCoy suffered just a burner in his throwing shoulder that left him without feeling in his arm for an extended period of time.

“I know the best football of my career hasn’t even started yet,” said McCoy in a teleconfernce with local Texas media. “My best football is ahead of me. I should be golden. I should be ready to go. You can question what if for the rest of my life. But I’ve moved on. I know the game’s not taken away. I know the best football’s ahead of me.”

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