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Browns HC Mike Pettine wants to add veteran QB for April 29 minicamp

Apr 09, 2014 -- 4:25pm

By Tony Grossi |



When will the Browns add a veteran quarterback to their roster? Sooner than later, coach Mike Pettine says.

“I don’t think we’re at the point yet where that decision has to be made,” Pettine said on Tuesday. “I think it will be done around the time of the first camp.”

Because Pettine and his staff were hired by the Browns this year, they receive an extra voluntary minicamp. He scheduled it for April 29-May 1.

But even though Brian Hoyer’s recovery from ACL surgery in October is “ahead of schedule,” the coach doesn’t know how much work Hoyer will be able to do on the field. And the only other quarterback under contract is Alex Tanney, who is attending his first NFL offseason program from the start since leaving Monmouth College in 2012.

Hoyer has been doing some light throwing to receivers at the first three days of the team’s offseason conditioning program.

“As far as Brian’s been concerned, I know he’s progressing very well,” Pettine said. “(Trainer) Joe Sheehan’s been with Brian step for step with his rehab. I know that he will be at least available on a limited basis, but to the exact extent -- what he can do drill work-wise, whether we can extrapolate that out and have him do some 11-on- 11 stuff -- that question hasn’t been answered yet.

“He is ahead of schedule. We feel good about where he is. Certainly when you look at where he is and with Alex Tanney being the only other quarterback, that is a position we need to address.”

Veteran quarterbacks available include Josh Freeman, Matt Flynn and Rex Grossman, who was with Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan four years in Washington.


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