As they say, be careful for what you wish for, it may happen.
Just last week, Cleveland Browns
former quarterback Colt McCoy said he’d like to remain with the team. At the time, he was still in the thick of a quarterback battle with Seneca Wallace for the No. 2 spot. McCoy played well in two preseason games, resulting in a 119 passer rating.
Now it appears that coach Pat Shurmur may have noticed.
On Sunday, Shurmur said to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer of McCoy, “I think he’s done an outstanding job here in training camp. I’m very pleased with where he’s at. I gained an even greater appreciation of him, the way he’s competed, the way he’s handled the situation, let’s just call it that.
“I’m very impressed with how he’s doing. I think that’s good for our team. He understands one of the primary things you need to understand as a backup at this point — to be ready to play — because you’re (an) ankle injury from being in there, and he’s been on both sides of that coin and so he understands it.”
As noted cynically by PFT, could all of Shurmur’s praises just be a ruse to raise McCoy’s trade value?
For another player, his future also remains in question. Mike Wallace of the Pittsburgh Steelers is supposedly returning to the team on Tuesday after missing offseason activities but he’s yet to sign his $2.742 million restricted free-agent tender.
The news came from NFL.com after the wide receiver allegedly told his teammates that he would return to the team and then sign his tender offer.
Wallace’s quarterback Ben Roethlisberger appeared pleased by the news and said via NFL.com, “We’re excited to get Mike back. I talk to him all the time, and you know he’s one of us. He’s one of our boys, we are like family. So when he gets back, we are going to be excited.”
Besides being one of the boys, Wallace brings good talent to the team. Last season, he led the Steelers with 72 catches for 1,193 yards and eight touchdowns. But things have changed since he last played. He has a new offensive coordinator Todd Haley.
Time to learn a new playbook.