One way to silence critics is through actions on the football field. Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden has done just that so far this preseason. The former Oklahoma State Cowboy picked up where he left off last week on Thursday night versus the Detroit Lions.
Weeden finished the night 8-of-12 for 117 yards and two touchdowns. In two preseason appearances he is 18-of-25 for 229 yards and three touchdowns with no picks. His quarterback rating is over 120 in less than three quarters of work versus first-string defenses.
Of course this is the preseason, so we temper expectations, but the Cleveland stats are eye opening across the board. It would certainly behoove any and all Fantasy Football GMs to take note.
Josh Gordon caught three balls for 72 yards. It could have been more had he hauled in a long pass from Weeden in the first quarter. Gordon will miss the first two games of the regular season because of suspension causing his draft stock to be nearly non-existent. Even with the two game suspension, this is a guy you want to target in later draft rounds.
Tight end super sleeper Jordan Cameron lived up to his billing Thursday night hauling in three passes for 42 yards and two scores.
Of course the most anticipated player for most Thursday was Browns running back Trent Richardson. Injury troubled Richardson most of last season, but injury was no concern Thursday night. Richardson looked good carrying the ball six times for 33 yards running with explosiveness.
The Lions’ effort on the night was rather pedestrian at best. Matt Stafford’s 11-of-16 for 74 yards was not what Fantasy GMs projecting him to be a top five guy wanted to see. To Stafford’s defense he was without superstar wide out Calvin Johnson who missed the game due to a knee injury.
The most fantasy relevant news on the night for Detroit had to be running back Reggie Bush. Bush touched the ball 13 times in limited action including five receptions for 44 yards. If Thursday is any indication to how the Lions plan to use Bush he has huge PPR Fantasy Football upside.