With quarterback Josh McCown now done for the rest of the 2015 season, Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine told reporters on Wednesday that Austin Davis will start this week, Johnny Manziel who was benched last week after the Browns learned he was around alcohol during their bye week after a video surfaced online.
“These are two players that we both want to see play. That is the bottom line,” Pettine said. “I don’t want to declare, ‘Hey, this is what it is going to be from here on out.’ These are two young quarterbacks that have upside and we want to see what that upside is. Austin is the guy for this week.”
Davis played well for the St. Louis Rams last season.
“A big part of it with Austin is the mental. He is as prepared as any quarterback that I have been around,” Pettine said. “He is relentless in that way. I think he goes into games in his mind I think processing speed that he has rehearsed it so many times in his head that I think he gets the ball out and is decisive maybe quicker than some other guys. I think that is one where we see the skill set is the intangible stuff, two, the guys around him, respect him and they see how passionate he is.
“From a physical standpoint, he is has some mobility. When the pocket is clean for him and he can step up he has some arm strength to him as well. I think he demonstrated that the other night.”
Davis finished the 2014 season with a 63.4 completion percentage, 2,001 yards, 12 touchdowns and 9 interceptions with the Rams. I’m surprised St. Louis let him home. He’s a pretty solid quarterback that could have a future as a starter.