QB spot needs attention by month's end

April, 10, 2014
Apr 10
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The Cleveland Browns will have to add some sort of veteran presence at quarterback by the end of the month.

That's because the Browns have a "voluntary" veteran minicamp from April 29-May 1. (As one veteran once said years ago, "voluntary" in the NFL means "you better be there.") The Browns need someone to throw passes, and coach Mike Pettine said Wednesday that Brian Hoyer, who is coming back from ACL surgery last October, probably would have limitations.

That leaves Alex Tanney as the sole quarterback on the roster, and Tanney simply can't make all the throws needed in a camp.

Whether the Browns add a permanent veteran to stay with the team, or someone just to be a "minicamp guy," they have to add someone.

"I don't think we're at the point yet where that decision has to be made," Pettine said. "I think it'll be made sooner than later. I think it'll be done around the time of the first camp."

If Hoyer is indeed the starter going into training camp, the decision to be made about his backup/competition is whether that will come from a veteran presence -- Rex Grossman's name has been bandied about quite often -- or a rookie via the draft.

Pettine said that decision has not been made yet either.

Pat McManamon

ESPN Cleveland Browns reporter

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