The famous Cleveland Browns jersey that has all of the names of the starting quarterbacks since returning to the National Football League in 1999 will add another name to that list when Josh McCown starts the regular season opener September 13 in New York against the Jets. The backup role is becoming a concern with Johnny Manziel dealing with a sore right elbow. Thursday, the Browns brought in Pat Devlin to add a little depth to the position. Hopefully, it won’t get to the point where Devlin gets his name added to that jersey.
“We don’t anticipate him playing Saturday,” Browns head coach Mike Pettine said. “Would be more of an emergency role and then look for him to play some of the game next week.”
Devlin is now in his fifth season in the NFL. Devin was originally signed by the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2011. Devlin spent three seasons in Miami but never played a regular season snap. Devlin spent last season with the Minnesota Vikings and spent part of this past offseason with the Chicago Bears before the Browns came calling.
Devlin began his college career at Penn State before transferring to Delaware. As a Blue Hen, Devlin threw for nearly 5,700 yards with 37 touchdowns and just 12 interceptions in 26 games.
Devin, who will wear number seven, is not expected to play in Saturday’s third preseason game against the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay. McCown will play the majority of the game as a tune up for the regular season. Thad Lewis who is currently the second string quarterback will finish the game. Manziel and Connor Shaw are out with injuries. Shaw suffered a thumb injury in the preseason opener against Washington.
Devlin should see time in the preseason finale on September 3 against the Bears in Chicago. It will give him a little bit of time to learn the offense.
“It’s really early,” Devin said. “I’m just trying to learn the playbook and come out here and steal some reps and try to get better. It’s just going to take a lot of hard work and a lot of focus. Learning from the guys that are here. I think there are a lot of good guys here that can help me along the way.”
Devlin received a call from the Browns on Wednesday to come in for a workout. Devlin was out of the league but not out of football completely.
“I was out at a high school practice,” Devlin said. “I was helping out at the local high school and just came from there.”
The high school Devlin was helping out at was Downingtown East High School in Downington, Pennsylvania, his high school alma mater.