With McCown out, Browns add QB to practice squad

AP

The Browns plan to add quarterback Matt Blanchard to their practice squad, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, as the team points toward starting Johnny Manziel at quarterback in Sunday’s game vs. the Titans.

The Blanchard addition is necessary because starting quarterback Josh McCown suffered a concussion on the Browns’ first drive in the season opener and is in the NFL’s concussion protocol. Though McCown was in the Browns’ building Monday and watching film with the other quarterbacks, Browns coach Mike Pettine said the team will proceed as if Manziel is going to start Sunday while awaiting word on McCown’s status later in the week.

Adding Blanchard Tuesday gives the Browns a chance to get him in the building on the traditional players’ day off and ready to run the scout team in Wednesday’s practice. Based on what Pettine said Monday, McCown will miss at least Wednesday’s practice and possibly more, meaning the Browns will get Manziel ready to start and get Austin Davis, who’s been with the team for just over a week, ready to be the backup.

When McCown got hurt last week against the Jets, Manziel was pressed into duty for the first time since the second preseason game; he missed the final two with a sore elbow. Davis was inactive for the game, meaning the Browns would have had to play wide receiver Brian Hartline at quarterback had Manziel been injured.

Manziel started two games last year. He threw his first career touchdown pass last week on the first drive after replacing McCown.

Blanchard, 26, played collegiately at Div. III power Wisconsin-Whitewater and has spent preseasons with the Packers, Bears and Panthers.

21 responses to “With McCown out, Browns add QB to practice squad

  1. Johnny Football, and two no-names who’ve been with the team less than one week, and McClown (1-12 last year as a starter). Is this clown-show really true? Can it possibly get any worse? Johnny runs around so much that it’s just a matter of time until he gets clocked and breaks a collarbone. This is a coaches worst nightmare. No easy fix.

  2. Two QB’s on the roster on opening day, wow, what a depth of talent at all other positions that you need to only keep two! Johnny Football is the veteran signal caller for the week! Put in the homeless guy!

  3. usap1 says:
    Sep 15, 2015 10:54 AM
    Johnny Football, and two no-names who’ve been with the team less than one week, and McClown (1-12 last year as a starter). Is this clown-show really true? Can it possibly get any worse? Johnny runs around so much that it’s just a matter of time until he gets clocked and breaks a collarbone. This is a coaches worst nightmare. No easy fix.
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    Look at Manziel at this being his senior season. Davis, for being a no-name, threw for 2000 yds last year and the Rams should have kept him as a backup. Browns actually got lucky there. Plus have to give them credit for thinking outside of the box and getting Blanchard, their mo is to call a Vince Young type and bring them back.

  4. Because re-signing the guy who spent the entire off-season and training camp in your program and has actually started games in the NFL (Thaddy Lew) would make too much sense. Enjoy the 4th TE who doesn’t even dress for the games, Ray. From all appearances, it looks like they’re tanking on purpose to get in better position for Cardale Jones or Connor Cook but I’ve learned over the years to never give these guys the benefit of the doubt because they will always eventually reveal that they’re winging it. I actually said out loud to another person, “They wouldn’t fire their entire coaching staff after only one year unless they already have their replacement lined up.” 5 weeks later they were offering the gig to Pettine mainly because he would say yes.

  5. As a Browns fan, I’m not sure what was worse, their embarrassing performance on Sunday or those uniforms. I hope I see neither again. Unfortunately, with that schedule and with Haslam’s taste, I’m sure I’ll see both.

    At this point, I’m hoping for the 1st pick in the draft. With that brutal schedule, it really might come to fruition. I’m just hoping they don’t match the Lions 0-16 season.

    After week 3, in order, its the Chargers, Ravens, Broncos, Rams, Cardinals, Bengals, Steelers, Ravens, Bengals, 49ers, Seahawks, Chiefs, and Steelers. Is there even one win in this line-up?

  6. Usually we have to wait until at least week 15 or 16 to see the 3rd string quarterback! Lucky us! We’re off to a great start!

  7. Manziel is going to suprise alot of people on sunday. He won’t throw for 400+ yards but I think he will throw for 250 too 280 yards and 3 td. I’m calling it now. Browns win 27 to 21. As for mariota he will have 150 yards but they’re running attack will have 200 yards total. Let’s go brownies !!!

  8. Im so glad that the Bills didn’t get “chosen” by McCown, this dude stinks, stunk and stank in TB and his career….flip side is that I am concerned that Whaley/Rexy even seriously considered this dolt.

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