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August 1, 2012 - Mike McLain
BEREA -- Colt McCoy is being used as a backup quarterback in training camp, but he had a day worthy of a starter Wednesday.
McCoy, who appears destined to sit the bench while rookie Brandon Weeden starts, completed a pair of touchdown passes in 7-on-7 drills in the red zone. One was to receiver Bert Reed and the other was to tight end Jordan Cameron.
McCoy's best throw might have been to Joshua Cribbs, who broke open on a post route in 11-on-11.
Coach Pat Shurmur said that McCoy looks better this year than he did last year, when he entered camp as the unchallenged starter.
"Colt’s doing great,” Shurmur said. “I think he’s continuing to improve. I see him doing some things in this camp that he didn’t do a year ago. He’s getting more comfortable within our system."
Weeden has his moments, also completing two touchdown passes in 7-on-7 work. Weeden, however, also had several errant throws. He should have been intercepted by linebacker Chris Gocong on a 7-on-7 red-zone play. Later in 11-on-11 Weeden threw behind a wide-open Greg Little on a deep route along the sideline.
On the injury front defensive end Frostee Rucker missed practice with an undisclosed injury. Shurmur said the injury is minor and that Rucker will be back on the practice field soon.
Cameron had a big day on offense. With Evan Moore sidelined with an injury suffered during the offseason, Cameron could be moving ahead of Moore on the depth chart.
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