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Report: Cleveland Browns Sign QB Matt Blanchard to Practice Squad

With QB Josh McCown in the NFL's concussion protocol and backup QB Johnny Manziel recently dealing with elbow issues, the Cleveland Browns have added another QB to their system.

Say this for the Cleveland Browns, they are always active. Sometimes that is good, sometimes not so much. With Josh McCown in the NFL's concussion protocol due to the hit that knocked him out on the team's first series against the New York Jets, the team has added a QB to their system just in case, according to Adam Schefter:

Many might be asking: "Who the heck is Matt Blanchard?" 

It is the question that I asked.

On the Green Bay Packers site, they list Blanchard at 6'3" and 223 pounds. A bigger QB out of little Wisconsin-Whitewater, he is listed as having two years of experience. Obviously working as a QB with the Packers is a positive up front, though that hasn't always worked out well for other teams (Hi Matt Flynn!).

Blanchard attempted 16 passes this preseason, playing in 3 of the Packers 4 games before the season. He completed 69% of his throws, obviously against backups, with 1 TD and 1 INT.

Blanchard did a rookie diary segment for Scout's Bear Report last season, which provides some interesting insight. (Link here for Subscribers.)

Bill Huber posted a great piece on the unknown QB back in 2012:

Blanchard put up a lot of impressive numbers for the Warhawks, including 70.4 percent accuracy with 44 touchdown passes against five interceptions in his two seasons as the starter. Most impressive is a career record of 25-0 as Whitewater won its second and third consecutive Division III national championships.

The Browns have not yet confirmed this report but bringing in someone who can get up to speed on the system is very important. If McCown can't play, Johnny Manziel will likely start but has recent elbow issues that could limit him in practice. Austin Davis was brought in last week and is still working on getting the playbook down. If Manziel needs to rest, Davis, Blanchard and QB coach Kevin O'Connell will have to throw passes.

Not exactly the best way to prepare after a 21 point loss.

Update: The Browns have confirmed this signing and that they released OL Erie Ladson from the PS to make the move. Their release:

Blanchard is 6-3, 223 pounds and officially in his second NFL season out of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Originally signed by Chicago as an undrafted free agent in 2012, Blanchard has spent time on the practice squads in Chicago and Carolina. He spent training game this year with Green Bay and was waived during final roster cuts. In college, he guided the Warhawks to a 45-0 record and three Division III national championships during his three seasons after transferring from Northern Michigan. A native of Lake Zurich, Ill., he graduated from Lake Zurich High School.


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