When the Browns selected Brandon Weeden with the 22nd pick of April’s draft I do not think anyone looked at him as the potential starter for week 1 of the 2012 season. This quickly changed when the 28 year old Weeden began training camp number 1 on the depth chart. Since this was announced nothing has changed and I do not know if this is a positive for Cleveland. Weeden struggled through the preseason fumbling the ball three times losing two and also threw 1 interception all against 0 touchdown throws. A 49% completion percentage is also a number that you do not want to see from a rookie that you have handed the reigns on the franchise to. Yes it is only preseason so you cannot go crazy but it is important for some guys. Rookie quarterbacks fall into that category. The question needs to be asked, did the Browns desperate for a QB jump on a guy from a pass happy college football conference based on gaudy stats? You would like to think this is not the case, plus this is barely the first chapter in Weeden’s career so hopefully there are better days ahead.
When you look at Cleveland’s roster you wonder if they have enough on this team for any young quarterback to succeed. Rookie runningback Trent Richardson should provide a nice spark for the offense but can he also play wide receiver? Looking at the wide receivers provided to Weeden and you wonder if the former 2nd round pick of the New York Yankees is going to run back to baseball. The top receiver is second year player out of North Carolina Greg Little. Little had a decent rookie season and is a big target but is hardly going to put a scare into any team. Other options are Josh Gordon rookie from Baylor, and veterans Mohamed Massaquoi and Josh Cribbs. Massaquoi is currently dealing with concussion issues and Cribbs could possibly just be used as a special teams player. Maybe rookie Travis Benjamin can step up any help? Who knows? I’m trying here to come up with a name. Outside of Richardson carrying the load it is hard to find anyone on this roster to help a rookie QB. No quarterbacks succeed by themselves, especially not rookie quarterbacks.