Unfortunately for him, the improvement is likely coming too late. Shurmur is expected to name rookie Brandon Weeden the starter “soon,” leaving McCoy’s future with the team uncertain.
“I can’t control anything other than coming out here and getting better,” he said. “I felt like today I had a great day.”
McCoy continued his solid start to camp Wednesday, looking especially sharp in the red zone. After the afternoon practice, he spoke to reporters for the first time on the fifth day of camp.
“You guys never asked for me,” he said. “All I’ve been told is to come out here and compete. With that mindset that I love the game of football, I want to play, I love Cleveland and that’s what I want to do for my team — come out here and get better every day and compete. That’s all I’m doing.”
McCoy has been almost exclusively working with the second-team offense as Weeden gets the starter snaps. He was asked if it’s a fair competition.
“That’s a good question for pat or Coach Childress (offensive coordinator) or somebody,” McCoy said. “For me, all I’ve been told is to compete. That’s something I would do regardless.”
The Browns are open to trading McCoy if the compensation is right, but Shurmur seems willing to keep him as the backup.
Notes and observations:
Defensive end Frostee Rucker joined the injured on the sideline, putting three of the four starting defensive linemen out of action. Tackles Ahtyba Rubin (hip) and Phil Taylor (pectoral) are on the physically unable to perform list and have yet to practice.
Shurmur isn’t disclosing the specific nature of injuries, but said Rucker “won’t be out long” and Rubin will be back “real soon.” Marcus Benard took Rucker’s spot at right end with the first team.
** Tight end Evan Moore (undisclosed injury) has yet to practice and is losing ground to second-year tight end Jordan Cameron. He continued his excellent start to camp with another big day, starring in the red zone drills with a number of touchdown catches.
** The offense got the best of the defense in the 11-on-11 red zone drill, then struggled a bit in the seven-on-seven portion.
** Rookie receiver Travis Benjamin made a number of good plays, including going over the top of defensive back Emanuel Davis for a catch in the corner of the end zone from McCoy.
** Fullback Eddie Williams, who had been working with trainers since the start of camp, wasn’t on the field for any of the practice. Shurmur said he wouldn’t return for a while and didn’t sound optimistic.