Josh McCown throws well, but Johnny Manziel bobbles snaps

BEREA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns' offense has heard its fair share of criticism this offseason, even though it is just the offseason.

While players and coaches cry for patience and say offseason practice is about learning from mistakes, the media (myself included) has not had much good to report based on the practices that have been open.

That changed on Tuesday for Josh McCown, who had what seemed to be a very good day of work. McCown was accurate and threw the ball down the field, something that hadn't been seen a lot since practices have been open.

In one set of 11-on-11 plays, he hit Andrew Hawkins on a nice throw some 30 yards downfield, then followed with a deep fade to Dwayne Bowe on the left. McCown found Brian Hartline at the sideline, and also had good throws to Taylor Gabriel and the tight ends.

McCown said it was the "most consistent we've been for a whole practice."

"I think, offensively, we came out with just a little bit more of a concerted effort to push the ball down the field," coach Mike Pettine said. "Defensively, had kind of gotten into a rhythm of sitting on a lot of routes.

"I think the offensive guys just coming out of last week's tape study felt they were probably ripe for some double moves or for some throws down the field. It was nice to see, especially on a windy day like this, that those guys executed."

This was by far the best the offense had looked in the practices open to the media.

Johnny Manziel had his issues, though. He had a nice mid-range throw to Rodney Smith, but that set of plays mainly concentrated on swing passes and underneath routes after that.

In a later set of 11-on-11 plays, Manziel took six snaps in the shotgun, dropping three of them. Every play ended when he put the ball on the ground.

The Browns' first two centers were not practicing -- the Browns continue to take care of Alex Mack and Cameron Erving was out with an undisclosed injury -- but Manziel still had bad hands on the snaps.

Pettine said the snaps might have been low, and he would have to watch the tape.

He also addressed Manziel's psyche heading to the end of offseason work.

"It's early," he said, "but as I've said before, it's so far, so good. Time will tell. Training camp is going to be real important for him, but I think he's in a good place and headed that way."