Cleveland Browns QB Brandon Weeden to be a Rock-Solid Starter?

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Jun 4, 2013; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden (3) warms up during minicamp at the Cleveland Browns Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden has drawn mixed reviews after an iffy rookie season, but he has a major supporter in ESPN’s Ron Jaworski.

Jaws is apparently impressed with Weeden after breaking down every one of his throws from the 2013 season. Jaws said on ESPN that he believes Weeden has every shot to be a “rock-solid starter” (per Rotoworld):

Weeden’s pocket presence was a question mark coming out of Oklahoma State, but Jaws observed on tape that, “For a rookie, Weeden showed uncommon poise and calm in the pocket” with “consistently solid” mechanics. Jaworski was also impressed with Weeden’s “ability to sit on his back foot and drive the ball with velocity.” Added Jaws, “There’s no question in my mind that his throwing skill set and Turner’s quarterback-friendly system will mesh effectively.” Weeden has deep-sleeper QB2 appeal under QB gurus Turner and Rob Chudzinski.

Weeden threw for over 3,300 yards and 14 touchdowns a season ago on a miserable Browns squad, but has a serious chance to improve on his rookie campaign thanks to the presence of Norv Turner.

Much is being said about Weeden’s age, but he is technically in the prime of his career. If he can take the next step in the areas Jaws points out while continuing to excel in areas like pocket presence, he certainly has a chance to turn the Browns around. It helps he is surrounded by great weapons like running back Trent Richardson and wide receiver Josh Gordon.

Weeden is the target of hefty praise from one of the industry’s most respected analysts. The ball is in his court now.

 

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