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Colt McCoy Safe with the Browns For Now, Matt Barkley Shows Up at Pro Day

McCoy to Remain with the Browns for now

Last season Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy watched his starting role go to the rookie, Brandon Weeden. But with a coaching change in January to Rob Chudzinski, it appeared that he would remain on the team’s roster.

Not so fast.

On Tuesday, the team signed former Chicago Bears back up quarterback Jason Campbell to a two-year deal and now McCoy is “expected to be released or traded soon for a late-round draft pick,” reported The Plain Dealer on Wednesday.

The quarterback had been drafted under the former Browns president Mike Holmgren regime in 2012. As a starter, he was 6-15 including 2011’s 4-9 record. He has a NFL-career 21 touchdowns, 20 interceptions and a 74.8 passer rating. Once Weeden showed up McCoy found himself in a backup role for the 2012 season.

Under Chudzinski and new offensive coordinator Norv Turner change is coming for the team’s quarterback play. Campbell may compete against Weeden for the starting spot for the 2013 season and well, for McCoy, three’s a crowd.

In response to The Plain Dealer story, a Browns source said of the quarterback, “the team has no immediate plans to release McCoy for now, but a trade is possible” reported NFL.com.

 Barkley Throws Well at Pro Day

After not throwing a football since November, USC quarterback Matt Barkley was back in form on Wednesday at his pro day.

The player stepped up and went 55-of-60 passing on his day. He said via NFL.com, “I think primarily that I still have an arm, and it works. I think that was the big question. Just the fact I haven’t been able to throw for so long, since the bowl game, nothing at the Senior Bowl, nothing at the combine. I just wanted to come out today and do what I normally do, just kind of put myself in a normal practice mindset like I’ve done this a million times before.”

Barkley’s show came on 45 minutes of throwing in front of 31 NFL teams and 150 members of the media. He said his injured shoulder “felt fine” and added, “”A lot of the proof is in the tape — that’s where they look first. But today was proof that I can still throw and make those passes down the field.”

So did the player improve his draft stock?

According to NFL.com, maybe not. This comment may best sum it up from NFL Network analyst Charles Davis: He thought Barkley “did a good job,” but it was not enough to “knock Geno Smith off his pedestal.”

Debbie Baratz

Deb has been writing about the NFL and NCAA football for the last few years. She is a full-time writer and an avid sports fan. Follow her on twitter @ldbar.

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