As soon as Roger Goodell announced that the Cleveland Browns had selected quarterback Brandon Weeden in the first-round of the 2012 NFL Draft, it seemed all but certain that he would be given every opportunity to oust Colt McCoy as the team’s starting signal-caller. However, it seems that Weeden could win the job earlier than any of us imagined.
At today’s minicamp practice, Browns head coach Pat Shurmur mentioned his time with the St. Louis Rams as an offensive coordinator, where he started rookie quarterback Sam Bradford. It’s very possible that it was a hint as to who Shurmur will name as the starting quarterback heading into camp.
“He’s quickly getting a feel for his receivers,” Shurmur said. “When you have new players that you really like, and that’s why you picked them, you just need to see them come in and do it before you make that move.”
All reports are indicating that Weeden has been impressive in OTA’s and that he has won over the coaching staff. The praise for Weeden has even led for other journalists to claim that Weeden was the most realistic and main target for the Browns all along — we all know that’s not true.
But as it stands now, Weeden could enter training camp as the team’s starting quarterback, which would make the Colt McCoy trade talk and rumors heat back up.