McCoy Growing In Offense

QB Colt McCoy continues to play well in the Browns new offensive scheme. Just as McCoy has flourished, TE Evan Moore has developed into a prime-time option for the Browns.

CLEVELAND—When you sort through all the mess in the 30-28 loss to the Lions in the Great Lakes Classic, there were some bright spots to take from the game.

After all, the two teams combined for 26 penalties and 211 yards.

Colt McCoy showed that he is continuing to grow into Pat Shurmur's West Coast offense. McCoy went 9-of-10 for 135 yards, a touchdown and a 152.1 rating against the Packers. Against the Lions, he was 10-of-18 for 96 yards and a 110.2 rating, but he threw three touchdowns to give him four in two games. McCoy's first two passes of the game were dropped.

The offense played without four players who are projected to be starters in Peyton Hillis, Ben Watson, Eric Steinbach and Mohamed Massaquoi.

McCoy is 19-of-28 for 231 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. The most impressive stat is turning opportunities into scores.

The Browns turned a turnover created by Jabaal Sheard at the Lions' 34 into a touchdown when McCoy hit Evan Moore for a touchdown on the short field.

In the second quarter, after a short punt and a return by Jordan Norwood to the Lions' 21, McCoy hit Moore again on the first play for a 21-yard score.

"He did a good job," Pat Shurmur said. "He executed like you'd expect the quarterback to execute. He'd tell you he has a few throws he'd like to do better.

"We got a couple of short fields and when that's the case you have to punch them in," he said. "We did a good job there."

McCoy's third touchdown pass of the half was to rookie Greg Little after an impressive 83 yard, 10 play drive.

One of the concerns is the injury to Moore, who left with a head injury. Moore missed time last season with a concussion.

"He can really run and catch the football," Shurmur said. "He's improved as a blocker, but his real value is as a pass catcher."

Shurmur said he is being evaluated and just used the term ‘dinged' in describing his injury.


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