The Cleveland Browns currently have several different great things going for them but what’s kept them out of sleeper territory has been Brandon Weeden. His rookie season was graded out as the worst by any starting quarterback last year by Pro Football Focus, despite playing behind maybe the league’s best pass-blocking line, bookended by tackles Joe Thomas and Mitchell Schwartz.
However, under offensive coordinator Norv Turner‘s tutelage Weeden has went 18-for-25 for 229 yards and no interceptions this preseason, showing vastly different form through two contests. Weeden has left little argument for Jason Campbell or Brian Hoyer with his play, officially seizing the starting quarterback role this week.
Turner gave foreshadowing that this was to occur.
“Hopefully when we get everyone in the games, we feature all the things that our guys do best,” Turner said at a press conference this weekend. “Through the preseason action that Brandon’s had, we’ve been able to do that. And we’ve had a lot of guys playing well. He’s taken advantage of the way they’ve been playing.”
Turner seemed like a good match for Weeden heading in and it now only comes down to whether Weeden has what it takes to be an NFL quarterback. Weeden is not exactly expelling all concerns about his play under pressure this preseason, but his ability to drop back and deliver deep combined with Turner’s modus operandi should give him the best chance at succeeding possible.
Throw in aforementioned elite bookending on the line by Thomas and Schwartz, along with arguably the league’s best U-25 receiving duo as far as potential, and all the pieces are in place.
This is beyond best-case scenario for Weeden to bloom.