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The competition begins

May 22, 2012 - Mike McLain
BEREA -- The quarterback controversy -- err, conversation,, as Browns coach Pat Shurmur says -- began Tuesday with the first organized team activity (OTA) practice of the offseason.

Colt McCoy, last season's starter until he suffered a concussion against the Pittsburgh Steelers, didn't have a good day. One of his passes was broken up by defensive back Emmanuel Davis, and another was intercepted by linebacker Chris Gocong.

First-round draft pick Brandon Weeden was generally sharp. He was off target a few times, but most of his passes were on target and delivered with authority.

If it means anything, Weeden took snaps with the first-team offense when 11-on-11 drills began. McCoy, however, was given reps with the first team.

McCoy is clearly the underdog, although he said that coach Pat Shurmur told him he will have a chance to compete for the job.

"I'm a competitor and I'm coming out here every day working as hard as I can," McCoy said. "This offseason has been great so far because it's really the first I've had in the system. I've made strides. For me it's trying to come here consistently positive every day and then focus on what needs to be done."

Weeden isn't taking anything for granted as the favorite.

"I think they came and got me in the first rond for a reason, but I have to earn that job," Weeden said. "They're not going to hand it to me because of where they took me. I have to compete and show that I belong on the field."


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