Josh McCown has full confidence of Cleveland Browns teammates

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Browns may be going through another quarterback change after Josh McCown was elevated to starter when Robert Griffin III was placed on injured reserve with a broken coracoid bone in his left (non-throwing) shoulder suffered in the season-opening 29-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

But second-year offensive lineman Cameron Erving, who has blocked for four different quarterbacks in 17 games as a professional, unquestionably supports McCown as the Browns prepare to take on the Baltimore Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium Sunday.

“I have complete faith in Josh and his ability to play quarterback in this league,” Erving said. “He’s been up here a long time, almost as long as I have been alive (laugher). I do not question anything he does and he just adds another level of veteran leadership to the field.”

In his first season with the Browns, McCown won the starting job out of training camp, but was hampered by injuries for the bulk of the year.

On the Browns’ very first drive of the 2015 season, McCown suffered a concussion while lunging for the end zone, and missed the following game. Later in the year, he played through shoulder and rib issues before succumbing to a broken collarbone in a Monday Night Football loss to the Ravens in late November.

When healthy, McCown proved to be an impactful player, as in eight games for the Browns, he completed 186 of his 292 attempts (63.7 percent) for 2,109 yards and 12 touchdowns against four interceptions.

“Josh is really smart,” rookie wide receiver Corey Coleman said. “He has been around a long time. He has more experience. They are both really good quarterbacks. That is why they are here.”

Early in the 2015 season, McCown broke a pair of franchise records in a 33-30 win over the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium.

McCown completed 36 of his 51 throws for 457 yards and two touchdowns in the win over the Ravens. The 457 yards were a single-game franchise record, surpassing the previous mark of 444 collected by Brian Sipe against the Baltimore Colts on October 25, 1981.

For putting together a 457-yard, three-touchdown (two passing, one rushing) performance against the Ravens, McCown became the first Browns quarterback with three straight 300-yard passing games and was recognized as the AFC Offensive Player of the Week.

“He is labeled the starter now, so he is going to be with us,” Coleman said. “He is a smart guy. He knows the offense. He is an older guy. He has been around the NFL, played in this league a long, long time, so he has the knowledge. I’m excited. I was sorry that Griff got hurt. I wish that upon no one. Griff is going to bounce back, Josh is going to come in and do just as well.”


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