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Colt McCoy Praised By Pat Shurmur, Likely Gains Edge For Back-Up Quarterback Spot

With Brandon Weeden all but locked into the starting quarterback slot for the Cleveland Browns, Pat Shurmur insinuated on Sunday that Colt McCoy could be hard to beat as Weeden's backup. Shurmur told The Plain Dealer he has been impressed with McCoy's handling of the situation.

"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," Shurmur told the paper.

"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 ankle injury from being in there, and he's been on both sides of that coin and so he understands it.''

McCoy has performed well of late while playing mostly with the second string unit. On Friday, he went 7-for-9 passing for 74 yards and a touchdown in the Browns' 27-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Still, with veteran Seneca Wallace and youngster Thad Lewis behind McCoy, Shurmur hasn't fully committed to anything.

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