BEREA — Josh McCown might not get compared to Hall of Fame scrambling quarterback Fran Tarkenton, but he showed his athleticism in Day 2 of training camp.
McCown took off during the team scrimmage and weaved and bobbed his way through several defenders for a big gain.
“I think he wanted to show that off a bit, too,” Mike Pettine said with a laugh. “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. 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. “
McCown also showed his accuracy on throws. He threw a perfectly placed pass near the sideline to Travis Benjamin, just over the fingertips of Tramon Williams for a 20-yard completion. He then hit Brian Hartline on a 12-yard out at the sideline beating K'Waun Williams .
“That’s the one thing that has jumped out is his accuracy, not just on the underneath stuff but those intermediate to deeper throws,” Pettine said. “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.”
Farmer’s Relationship with Pettine: GM Ray Farmer was asked about a reported rift between he and Pettine, who shot it down earlier in the week. Pettine said he has a summer home at Marblehead and Farmer said he was invited to visit during the break.
“Great. I mean the guy doesn’t invite you to his summer home if he’s mad at you or there’s a problem,” Farmer said. “I think Mike used it best when he said we’re singing from the same hymnal. The reality is me and Mike have no issues.
“I can’t tell you when I’ve been in a knock down, drag out argument with the man,” Farmer said. “Do we agree on every player? Can we sit down and have a conversation? Yes.
“I like Pett. I think he likes me and there’s nothing that we’ve ever gotten into from my perspective—or from his—that has been a major bone of contention. Every decision we’ve made has been a Browns decision. There are times when he’s had his hand in personnel and there are times when I listen to what the coaches have to say. It’s the natural flow of what happens in these two jobs.”
Farmer will serve a four-game suspension for sending texts to the sideline during games last season and he was asked if there’s a plan in place during his suspension.
“We have a game plan, but I don’t want to get into it now.”
Pettine said he’s confident that Farmer and his staff will have everything under control during the suspension.
“I will let him speak to the plans if he is ready to,” Pettine said. “We have preliminary thoughts on it. I’m very confident given the time of year – you are coming off a lot of the decisions already being made. Whether it is (executive chief of staff) Bill Kuharich, (vice president of player personnel) Morocco Brown or whatever we decide to do, I have full confidence in that group. He will be the first one to tell you that you are only as good as the people you surround yourself with, and he has a heck of department.”
Farmer said he willingly turned over his cell phone to the NFL during their investigation and is ready to deal with the results.
“That was a mistake on my part,” Farmer said. “At the end of the day I made the mistake. There was no ill-gotten intentions. There was no intentions to gain any advantage. My mistake. The rules are the rules and the result is I will pay the penalty.”
Farmer was asked what he will do while he is suspended from all Browns activities during the first four weeks.
“That’s a good question,” he said. “I haven’t thought about it. My focus now is on the team. If anything, my DirecTV package will blow up.”
Full Pads: Saturday will be the first practice in full pads. Pettine said that’s when players begin to separate from each other. He was asked if the coaches look forward to it.“Absolutely, you do,” Pettine said. “It’s as close to a real game situation as you’re going to get. They’re wearing everything that they’re going to wear come game time. It is difficult on an offense – you’re talking about blocking surface. When you put pads on, you see it’s not as easy to get to the quarterback when there are pads on. “
Quick hits: WR Marlon Moore (illness) returned to practice…RB Glenn Winston (knee), LB Darius Eubanks (knee) and DB Charles Gaines Jr. (hamstring) were idle…RB Shaun Draughn fumbled early in team drills…QB Connor Shaw and C Eric Olsen had a bad exchange on a snap...QB Johnny Manziel had a pass almost intercepted by LB Tank Carder on a pass down the middle in team scrimmage.