BEREA, Ohio -- Despite being a third-round pick, the Cleveland Browns are putting a lot of stock into rookie quarterback Colt McCoy. Regarded as the team's quarterback of the future, McCoy was given a favorable contract (it could max out at $5 million) for his draft slot.
But 2010 is expected to be a learning year for the University of Texas product. Browns president Mike Holmgren said he prefers veteran quarterback Jake Delhomme lead the team this season while McCoy transitions to the NFL and learns from the sidelines.
McCoy was a four-year starter at Texas, so this is new territory for a player who admits he's not very patient.
"I can't have the mentality coming out to practice that I'm going to sit out all year," McCoy said. "If I did that, I wouldn't be [prepared]. So every day I come here, I got to compete. I got to do my best and be ready whenever something happens."
McCoy will make his NFL debut Saturday when the Browns travel to play the Green Bay Packers. As the third quarterback, McCoy should get plenty of playing time in the second half.
Most of McCoy's offseason has consisted of limited reps in practice behind Delhomme and No. 2 quarterback Seneca Wallace. But it will be interesting to see how much McCoy has learned at this point about the NFL game.
"I spend a lot of time in the film room," McCoy said. "I'm really excited about Saturday and really excited about getting out there and playing live at Lambeau Field. That's going to be a lot of fun. So I feel really good. I do."
McCoy's former college teammate and close friend Jordan Shipley is making a splash for the rival Cincinnati Bengals. Shipley, McCoy's favorite target in college, is competing for the No. 3 receiver role in Cincinnati and likely will play right away as a rookie. Meanwhile, McCoy must wait -- perhaps an entire season -- for his first opportunity.
"It's just one of those things," McCoy explained. "Some rookies step in and play. My hats off to them. But I just really try to be the best I can be in the situation that I'm in. And when it's time, it's time."