Brandon Weeden proving to be the starting quarterback of the Browns
When Brandon Weeden was selected with the 22nd pick in the 2012 NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns knew they were obtaining a mature quarterback from Oklahoma State who already dealt with the likes of Justin Blackmon and had success doing so.
The fourth quarterback taken in the draft is a 28-year-old rookie but his age isn’t fooling anyone as he is on his way to unseating Colt McCoy as the starting quarterback.
According to PFT.com, Browns coach Pat Shurmur hinted the Browns could name Weeden the starter before training camp begins.
That’s what Browns coach Pat Shurmur hinted at today’s minicamp practice: Shurmur noted that when he was offensive coordinator in St. Louis, they named rookie quarterback Sam Bradford the starter at the beginning of training camp, and that worked out well.
Of course, Bradford was the No. 1 overall pick and Weeden was the No. 22 overall pick, so the situations are not quite the same. But Shurmur said he’d like to pick a starter “sooner rather than late,” and all indications are that Weeden is the favorite of the coaching staff. Weeden has been getting the reps with the first-string offense, and Shurmur said Weeden is fitting right in.
“He’s quickly getting a feel for his receivers,” Shurmur said. Shurmur also noted that the whole reason you draft a player in the first round is that you view him as a starter. “When you have new players that you really like, and that’s why you picked them, you just need to see them come in and do it before you make that move,” Shurmur said. If Weeden keeps looking good over the rest of minicamp and OTAs, Shurmur may be ready to make the move before training camp starts.
With the addition of fellow rookie, Trent Richardson at running back the 2012 Cleveland Browns are going to have a different look to them.