October 22, 2014

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Browns QB Colt McCoy feeling some heat after poor play

BEREA — Rookie quarterback Colt McCoy is 5-for-12 for 25 yards with two interceptions and a 9.7 rating in limited action in two preseason games. The rough start to his NFL career has some wondering if he’s a lock to make the Browns roster.

That notion didn’t seem possible a month ago for the winningest college quarterback and the No. 85 pick in the draft, but he’s been less than impressive throughout training camp and could be getting pushed by Brett Ratliff for the No. 3 quarterback job.

Coach Eric Mangini plans to play the starters into the second half Saturday in Detroit, so time for the backups will be limited. If there’s a decision to be made on the third quarterback, the bulk of the information will be gathered in the preseason finale Sept. 2 against the Bears.

“The nice thing about the last game is both of those guys will get a ton of time to play,” coach Eric Mangini said Wednesday. “That will help provide some clarity and that’s one of the real positives of that fourth preseason game. 

“Both Colt and Brett have some real positives and they’re coming at this situation a little bit differently with Brett having more experience. We will just have to see and talk about it.”

McCoy, a four-year starter at Texas, continues to try to deal with a lack of repetitions in practice and playing time in the games. But he said he isn’t lying awake at night thinking about getting cut.

“I don’t even think about it,” he said. “I just go out and play as best I can. It’s the same thing every day. I study hard, I work hard, I’m learning.

“If I get to play a lot in the fourth game, that’s great, I’m looking forward to it, it’d be fun. But I don’t feel pressure.”

 ** Running back Montario Hardesty (knee) could return to practice Thursday.