April 21, 2014

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Browns update: QB Colt McCoy feels more comfortable, less pressure than at the start of camp

BEREA – Browns quarterback Colt McCoy is having a great preseason through two games. He’s thrown four touchdowns with no interceptions and led five touchdown drives in nine possessions.

But McCoy said Monday that he felt a lot of pressure when training camp started last month. He was given the starting job in the offseason, hadn’t played much last year as a rookie and was learning first-year coach Pat Shurmur’s West Coast Offense.

“It’s a tough position,” McCoy said after practice. “Yeah, it’s hard. You want to impress and be perfect the first day of practice. In reality, it’s not that way.

“As you grow into it, you just go out there and play. As easy as it is to say, it’s hard to do. I’ve started feeling more comfortable. Not relaxing, but more comfortable and going out and playing.”

President Mike Holmgren said Sunday he noticed at the start of camp that McCoy was feeling the weight of the world on his shoulders. They talked and Holmgren told him to relax.

McCoy has completed 19 of 28 passes (67.9 percent) for 231 yards, four touchdowns, no sacks and a 132.6 rating. He’s put up those numbers without a consistent lineup around him. Injuries have knocked out receiver Mohamed Massaquoi for all of camp, and running back Peyton Hillis, tight ends Benjamin Watson and Evan Moore and receiver Joshua Cribbs for stretches.

“It’s tough, it’s challenging,” McCoy said. “You’d like to have them out there every day, but that’s the game of football.”

Notes and observations from practice:

** Massaquoi (foot), Moore (concussion), Cribbs (hamstring), left guard Eric Steinbach (back), linebacker Chris Gocong (neck stinger), safeties T.J. Ward (hamstring) and Usama Young (hamstring), running back Brandon Jackson (turf toe), rookie cornerback Buster Skrine (undisclosed) and linebacker Steve Octavien (undisclosed) didn’t practice.

Steinbach and Jackson were the only ones not on the field.

** Former offensive lineman Ryan Tucker watched practice with his wife and kids. They live in Columbia Station.

** Cornerback Sheldon Brown had two interceptions of backup quarterback Seneca Wallace. Brown had good coverage deep on Rod Windsor, then cut in front of Johnathan Haggerty on a crossing route.

** Rookie receiver Greg Little made a nice catch on a crossing route with the pass thrown behind him.

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