Many Browns fans are saying they want anyone but Brandon Weeden at quarterback after his lackluster performance Sunday in Green Bay. Be careful what you wish for because it can get worse.
BEREA, Ohio - It was a relaxed Brandon Weeden that greeted the media after day one of Browns mini-camp in the teams field house in Berea.
Weeden strolled over to the throng of reporters that awaited him in a semi-circle and as he was getting mic'd up.
"I have missed you guys," he said, all part of the relaxed and confident quarterback who is ready for the challenge ahead.
In the off season, the Browns went out and signed veteran quarterback Jason Campbell to push Weeden as well as compete for the teams starting quarterback position.
Weeden welcomes the veteran's presence and knows it will only help him be a better quarterback.
"I want to compete, there's competition at all 11 spots. That's what makes you a better player."
"There are a lot of different things you can do in the NFL, check down to receivers and the backs because getting your completion percentage up is really the key," Weeden continued.
Weeden likes the shotgun as a whole because "you can see the whole field, it also gives you a little separation from the defense and a chance to read the secondary."
Last year, Weeden completed just 57.4 percent of his passes, the lowest completion percentage of his college career where he never dipped below 62 percent at Oklahoma State. You could argue that's the difference between college and the pros, but Weeden realizes completions means yards and moving his team forward.
Another low for the first year quarterback last year was yards per completion: just over six.
"You want to do what you can to help this offense and you need to put them in a good position to succeed more often to give them a chance to win."
Weeden also understands there is a possibility the Browns could add another quarterback through the draft, a sign that maybe the organization is sending a message.
"That's the nature of the business and I am only worried about me. You have to control what you are able to control," Weeden explained. "I need to be able to grow from year one to year two. That is so important. This time right now is the most important time of my career."
I don't think anybody would argue with that statement, as the Browns are hoping they have found a quarterback for the next several years.
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