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Colt McCoy Looking For 'Fair Competition' With Brandon Weeden

Colt McCoy getting the starting snaps during OTAs for the Cleveland Browns surprised people, since the general consensus after the team drafted Brandon Weeden in the first round out of Oklahoma State was that there would be an immediate handing of the job to the 28 year old.

The NFL doesn't exactly work like that, and the two are now in competition for that starting spot. McCoy was rumored to be traded away after the draft selection happened, but he came back regardless of the rumors because he just wanted a chance to get that starting spot, even in competition.

"It is what it is," he said. "It happened and I've just got to go out and compete. I had to earn my job at (Texas) every year basically except for my senior year," he said. "I had to earn my job in high school. I had to play when I was a sophomore. I don't want this to be a situation where it's me vs. him or him vs. me. I want it to be a situation of -- and I think we can all agree to this -- let's help our team the most. Let's make it about the Cleveland Browns being a great football team next year. And if that's the case I'm all in."

Keeping a split out of the locker room as some people expected is a good sign for the team going forward. McCoy is still not the favorite to get the job from Weeden, but his enthusiasm for the team even after they drafted a seeming replacement for him is a good start as he tries to win a starting position again and the hearts of Browns fans in his third year with the team.

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