Browns rookie QB Colt McCoy will make his third consecutive start on Sunday against the Patriots with QBs Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace to miss practice again Friday with ankle injuries, head coach Eric Mangini said, according to multiple media outlets.
"I've been pleased with his poise; I've been pleased with his confidence. I feel good about him going into this game," Mangini said of McCoy.
The rookie has done a decent job in his first two career starts, completing 32-of-49 pass attempts for 355 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.
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The announcement doesn't come as much of a surprise as both Delhomme and Wallace have been unable to practice. Mangini reportedly said Wallace could be the top backup on Sunday, but QB Brett Ratliff is also available, if needed.
Cleveland has not yet decided on a long-term starter. That decision will be made once either Wallace and/or Delhomme is healthy.
McCoy had the tough task of facing two of the NFL's top five defenses in the Steelers and Saints in his first two starts. His numbers could improve against a struggling Patriots defense that's ranked 31st in the league and has surrendered 13 touchdowns through the air. McCoy is far from a top-tier fantasy starter but could have some success against New England, making him a viable option if your regular quarterback is hurt or on bye.