McCoy opens Browns' OTA, but not the 'starter'

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Colt McCoy took the first snap with the Browns' offense during the team's OTA practice Tuesday, but coach Pat Shurmur cautioned against reading into it that McCoy is the "starting" quarterback.

"It's easy to look out there and say, 'This guy is doing this so he must be the starter and he must be the backup.' There were a lot of combinations out there today and I think what's important is in some of the areas that we have touched on all winter, we are watching guys compete," Shurmur said. "I wouldn't say we are deferring to anybody at this point."

The Browns spent a first-round pick on Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden, and veteran Seneca Wallace remains in the fold.

"I have a room full of quarterbacks that are great competitors and very fine players," Shurmur said, answering a question about how the quarterbacks are handling the situation. "The room is fine, it's fine."

Shurmur allowed that the quarterbacks made some mistakes Tuesday, but he's pleased about the on-field work in general. Weeden has a particularly steep learning curve as a rookie coming out of a system that ran almost primarily out of shotgun formations.

"I thought he handled it well. I thought he was generally efficient," Shurmur said. "He missed a couple of throws, but I think all of the quarterbacks did. I thought he executed pretty well. As you saw, most of what we did today was under center and I know that is a question that will come up."

--Placekicker Phil Dawson is not at this week's OTAs, but coach Pat Shurmur said he expects the veteran to join the team for the team's minicamp June 5-7.

--Cornerback Sheldon Brown will not be moving to safety this year, as had been speculated during the offseason.

"Sheldon Brown is a corner. He is an outstanding player at corner and to move him to safety is not something that we are planning to do," Shurmur said.

Brown will be competing with Dimitri Patterson for the starting job opposite Joe Haden, although all three will see significant playing time in nickel packages.

--Greg Little and Mohamed Massaquoi are slated as the starting wide receivers, and Little in particular stood out Tuesday.

"I think it's his first true offseason as a pro and I think what he has done is he has taken good care of his body," Shurmur said. "He is much leaner looking to me than he was when he came into training camp a year ago. I think he has worked on his diet and nutrition, and has gotten himself in shape to come out here and run a lot, which receivers have to do. I think that will help his development."

--Former Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas, who was at the Browns' rookie minicamp after going undrafted, was not invited back for the OTAs.
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