How Much Pressure is Brandon Weeden Facing With the Cleveland Browns Heading Into 2013?

By Dan Parzych
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Once again, the Cleveland Browns are coming off a disappointing 2012 season in which they finished with a 5-11 record and there’s plenty of questions for this team to address during the offseason–especially when it comes to the quarterback position. While Brandon Weeden deserves some credit considering how often rookie quarterbacks struggle in their first year in the NFL, it’s difficult not to wonder how much pressure on the former first-round pick heading into his second season.

Weeden threw for 3,385 yards to go along with 14 touchdowns and 17 interceptions last season, which really may not seem all that bad considering the lack of weapons on offense for the Browns in the passing game. There’s no telling what to expect from Cleveland once free agency does get under way, but if there’s one thing that is certain, it’s that the starting job at quarterback may be up for grabs heading into Week 1.

Despite using a first-round pick on Weeden last season, the argument can be made that the organization isn’t 100 percent sold yet on Weeden as a quarterback and depending on availability come April, it wouldn’t be a surprise if they considered selecting another quarterback in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Sure, it is unfair to blame Weeden for what happened last year considering his lack of weapons on offense as mentioned before, but he may not be able to use that as an excuse heading into 2013. Weeden’s already at a disadvantage because of his age, so if he wants any chance at being a starter over the next couple of years, he’ll need to give everything he has heading into next season to take the pressure off his shoulders.

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