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Pettine on QB Josh McCown, practicing in pads on Saturday

Mike Pettine (Source: WOIO) Mike Pettine (Source: WOIO)

Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine spoke to media after practice on Friday.

Pettine talked about the progression of Josh McCown and his accuracy, "“That’s the one thing that has jumped out is his accuracy, not just on the underneath stuff but those intermediate to deeper throws. I talk about having to watch the film and being able to evaluate, but I don’t have to watch the film to know he threw some pretty good balls in practice today. It’s good to see. Hopefully, that will carry over when we’re in pads.”

The Browns coach even made a joke about McCown's age after he showed the guys that he can run with the ball as well, “I think he wanted to show that off a bit, too (laughter). When he took off running, we were joking with him that he’s an older car but low mileage, kept in the garage, driven to church not a lot of mileage on it (laughter). He’s surprised me. He has kept himself in great shape over his career. It’s a credit to him. He’s a good athlete and he showed it today. “

Saturday will be the first time the Browns will practice in pads, “Structure wise, it will be similar. There will be an extra team period, a run emphasis, where it’s just inside, no wide receivers; it will be all runs. It like an offensive drill is pass kill and no linemen or the defensive drills. It’s all runs. It’s more to establish the mentality. We’re going to have to be able to run the ball, and we’re going to have to be able to stop the run. We feel doing that drill every day in pads is going to be a big part of laying that groundwork and a big part of that success. That’ll be an addition. We’ll be closer to the max time. The individual period could potentially be a little longer. We’re not going to overdo it just because it’s the first day in pads, overdo the contact. There will be similar things, but we won’t get into any tackling or some drills where there might be more thumping than usual.” 

Pettine also added that there will be no live tackling on Saturday. 

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