Brandon Weeden is not getting any younger. Yes, this is the case with basically everyone, but Weeden is already 29 and he is only going to be playing in his second year in the NFL. As a result, he needs a fast start this season for the Cleveland Browns.
As a rookie, Weeden passed for 3,385 yards, 14 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. Those interceptions need to come way down, especially since the Browns finished last season with a 5-11 record.
The second year QB clearly has a lot of upside to him or else Cleveland would have not taken him in the first round in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Unlike Weeden, most second year quarterbacks have plenty of time to get better and improve as a player. As for Weeden, he needs to succeed now considering his age.
Who knows if that will happen this season, but I am sure Weeden will at least take a few steps forward. It helps that he has running back Trent Richardson on his team, who had a great rookie season. Richardson rushed for 950 yards and 11 touchdowns. He has the talent to be one of the best backs in the NFL and I think we will see that this season. However, Richardson needs some help and that is where the passing game comes in.
Not only would that help Richardson out, it would benefit Cleveland quite a bit.
So for this to happen, Weeden needs to have a big season and he needs to get off to a fast start. The Browns may not make the playoffs this year, but they have key players that need to improve.