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So I'm sure most of you, like myself, are still feeling rather disappointed by the announcement Cam Cameron made yesterday about Cleo Lemon being named the starting quarterback for Sunday's tilt against the Bills.  But did any of you check out Cam's press conference yesterday?  At least 3 or 4 different times, Cam said that John Beck was "one play away."  He's said that in the past as well, but not nearly as often.  He also said yesterday that Beck has to be ready regardless of the fact that Cleo will be starting:

"He's getting ready, and Cleo's getting ready. Cleo is learning. I think we've all seen the good things Cleo has done and the glimpses. So we got two guys that don't have a lot of experience, and we're going to need them both."

Cam also made sure he told everyone that the practice reps with the first team offense will continue to be split equally among Cleo Lemon and John Beck.  Couple that with Cam's "one play away" slogan that he's been spewing quite frequently and one can only come to the same conclusion: Cleo's hold on the QB job is nothing short of tenuous.  And make no mistake about it, Lemon understands this.  Here's one thing he said yesterday:

"If I can eliminate those negative plays and just be consistent pretty much the whole game, I'll give myself a chance to remain on the field and start."

Alright, so at least he knows that he likely isn't going to remain the starter for very long.  But if you break down everything that's been said recently, I think the possibility of Cleo being pulled on Sunday is higher than usual.  Think about it.  Cam continues to say that John is "one play away."  Does he mean that he's one bad play by Lemon away from replacing him?  He could.  He is continuing to split the first team reps evenly, which is a pretty big sign that even though Cleo is starting now, he isn't likely to hold that job.  Then you got Cleo saying himself that he needs to eliminate "negative plays" to give himself "a chance to remain on the field."  Could Lemon be thinking that he could get a quick hook on Sunday?  I'd say it isn't totally crazy to think that.

So what has John been saying about all this?  Of course, like always, he's been saying all of the right things.  Here's what he said on Monday about the practice reps:

"I think it's a great opportunity as a rookie to have this opportunity in practice to just be able to get this many reps.  Most rookies, they don't get that."

Then John was asked if he feels that he is ready to start.  Here's how he responded to that question:

Well it's hard to say because I haven't played in an NFL game yet.  I don't know what the game is like.  I've only played in preseason games, at most one half.  So I don't know.  The thing that I've always done and always said is that I put my trust in the guys that have been doing this a lot longer than me, and that's the coaching staff.  They've been doing this a long time.  They brought me in and they trusted me that one day when I'm ready, they're going to put me in and put that trust in me.  And I put my trust in them knowing that when they feel I'm ready, that's when I'll be out there.

Just like John.  The one thing we've learned about him already is that he's always going to say the right things.  That much we don't have to worry about when we think about what the future might hold for Beck.  

Now all that's left is to actually see what he can do on the field.  And for that, we might not have to wait too long despite the fact that Lemon will start on Sunday.  After all, John is "one play away."