Brandon Weeden will start and play roughly a half in Thursday’s preseason game against the Chargers.
“However many plays I get, just make them successful, even if it’s a run play,” Weeden said. “Getting us in the right run. Little things like even carrying out fakes. Stuff like that. I’m not worried about numbers. I’m not worried about any of that stuff. Just go out and function and communicate. I think sometimes when you get jacked up, it’s hard. Sometimes you get a little spastic.”
Weeden, a first-round pick of the Browns in 2012, was signed in the offseason to back up Tony Romo. Romo has been rehabbing his surgically repaired back and won’t play until the second preseason game.
“He’ll get a lot of work,” offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said of Weeden. “You always like to get your No. 2 a lot of work going into the season. So he’s got time, not just with the group that he works with mainly in practice, but if he were to be called upon, he’s going to working with the first group. Just seeing his command, seeing how he operates all facets of our offense from the huddle to even no-huddle if we do it, the situations -- 2 minute, third downs, red zone. You can’t get enough. This is his first go in our offense, so every rep counts for him.”
Weeden turns 31 in October, but he is a young quarterback after spending five seasons in professional baseball. He made 20 starts and threw 784 passes for 5,116 yards and 23 touchdowns in his two seasons with the Browns.
“I’m still seeing things for the first time,” Weeden said. “I think that gets kind of lost in translation, because of my age. But this league is a big transition coming from college football, especially the system I played in. It’s a lot different. When you get to this level, it takes time. It takes time to get your feet wet and see some things that make you comfortable. I’m getting there, but it’s still early. It’s still early in my career.”