Is QB Colt McCoy on the Roster Bubble?

CLEVELAND - AUGUST 21: C.J. Ah You , Ernest Reid and Hall Davis of the St. Louis Rams tackle Colt McCoy of the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on August 21, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)It seems odd to even suggest it, but the question is now out there: is rookie quarterback Colt McCoy at risk of not making the Browns’ final roster? After complete 5 of 12 passes for 25 yards and two interceptions in the first two preseason games, Tony Grossi of the Plain Dealer has suggested that McCoy needs to play well in the final two games in order to make the final roster.

With Brett Ratliff as his competition for the third quarterback spot, it never seemed likely that McCoy would miss out on making the team. Even though he has struggled through the preseason, he is still just a rookie with a lot to learn. It is likely that McCoy won’t even see real action for at least a couple seasons, giving him the time he needs to develop as a capable starter in the NFL. Plus, president Mike Holmgren apparently pulled rank to draft McCoy in April’s draft, so it is highly unlikely that McCoy is not on the team when it opens the regular season.

Also, imagine the unstoppable tornado of flak the team would receive from the fans if the potential quarterback of the future was cut.

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  • Hamfist

    I think it’s a matter of time in the league that tips the scales against Ratliff.

    McCoy is a rook, Ratliff is a 3(?)year guy now. If he can’t beat a rookie hands down, it bodes ill for him.

  • Terry

    I don’t know if I would call a 3rd round pick the “quarterback of the future.” He went low enough in the draft that he was worth taking a chance on. If he don’t pan out, so be it. A Lot of 3rd round picks don’t make it at this level.

    • Steve DiMatteo

      I’m not saying McCoy is the sure-fire quarterback of the future, I’m just saying that, at the moment, he is the potential future of the franchise until otherwise noted. If he doesn’t pan out, it’s no big deal because of where he was taken, but he’s good enough to warrant a chance and a spot as the third-string quarterback.