Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy said he wants to remain in Cleveland despite being demoted to the back-up quarterback role.
"I love my teammates. I love this organization. I love this city," McCoy said.
The Browns drafted Brandon Weeden from Oklahoma State in April's draft and promptly inserted him into the starting line-up.
McCoy started the first 13 games last season for the Browns before being sidelined with a concussion for the final three games. McCoy threw for 2,733 yards with 14 TD's and 11 interceptions.
Browns head coach hasn't named a back-up quarterback yet. The competition for the two remaining spots will go to two guys: McCoy, Seneca Wallace and Thaddeus Lewis.
"I don't see a real urgency right now to settle that," Shurmur said. "Week 1, it will pretty much be unveiled who's two and who's three. I don't necessarily see the drama in it, quite frankly."
Here's a transcript of what McCoy and Lewis said after practice on Tuesday.
(On saying he wants to stay in Cleveland) – "My point in saying that is I got drafted here. I've spent a lot of time here. I feel comfortable with what we're doing. I love my teammates. I love this organization. I love this city. We've been through a lot of ups and downs and I'm a Cleveland Brown. That's what I am. I come out here every day and I compete. I work hard. I challenge myself, and if I don't get as many reps, I'll go inside and watch tape and get some mental reps and study the game. I'm continuing to compete and continuing to work hard. That's all I can do right now. I'm a Cleveland Brown and proud to be one. "
(On how his shoulder feels) – "My shoulder has been fine. I've been cleared to play. I've been playing and it has felt fine. I'm saying that I've been taking care of it, I've been maintaining, I've been rehabbing a lot throughout the last couple of years. When I first got diagnosed with this, the doctors said it was a two to three year recovery. Now I'm getting to that point and my shoulder feels really good. The ball's coming out well. There's a lot of zip on it. I think a lot of things are coming together with being a year and a half in the system. My shoulder has been fine, but I'm at the point now where I'm not worried about it, nothing has happened, the ball feels good as I release it. So, everything is good."
(On if he has changed his approach to practice from last year) – "I think the reps are a little different, but I don't approach practice, or I don't approach games or I don't approach meetings any differently. I really will continue to do the same thing, which is to prepare, work and study. If I don't get as many [reps] out here, I'll grab a couple of guys after practice and throw some routes that maybe I didn't get to throw in practice. I just continue to stay on top of my game and work to get better, which I feel like this offseason and this training camp I've gotten a lot better, and I think most guys can say the same thing."
(On his ability to enter a game and function without taking many snaps) – "You have to do that. When you come in as a rookie in this league you are not going to get many reps. I'm in a situation where you don't get reps, you just worry about the things you can control. I know my assignment, I can watch film, I can prepare as a starter and when I get my opportunity to play just take advantage of my opportunities."
(On if he expects to be on the roster when the season starts) – "I don't even look that far. I just try to take it one day at a time. I expect myself to go out there and put good stuff on film to get an opportunity to make the 53-man roster. That's a decision they make upstairs. Hopefully, I'll be the one to earn it with my play on the field."
(On if he felt a responsibility to reward Pat Shurmur's faith in him during the Detroit game with his good play) – "Sometimes people have their own opinion and people don't know what you can do until you go out there and do what you do out on the football field. It wasn't for me to talk about things that I can do, it was pretty much go out there and show what you can do when you get the opportunity or when the opportunity presents itself."
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