Brandon Weeden | QB
Posted: 2/12/2014 2:30pm et
In light of all of the changes to the Cleveland Browns in a short amount of time, QB Brandon Weeden has requested the team seek a trade so he can leave Cleveland. The NFL Network's Mike Silver reported two sources close to the Browns' 2012 first-round draft choice said Weeden would like a fresh start with a different team in 2014.
Huddle Up: Weeden would essentially get a fresh start with the Browns, who will be fielding essentially an entirely new regime this season. At his age he's not really a developmental option, and if he's not Cleveland's quarterback of the future his best shot would be to catch on as a short-term fix elsewhere.
Posted: 12/5/2013 1:37pm et
Cleveland Browns QB Brandon Weeden (concussion) is still not cleared to practice after suffering a concussion in Week 13.
Huddle Up: Meanwhile, fellow QB Jason Campbell (concussion) did get clearance Thursday, giving a strong indication as to who the Browns hope to start Sunday against the Patriots.
Posted: 12/2/2013 10:40am et
Cleveland Browns QB Brandon Weeden (concussion) completed 24 of his 40 pass attempts for 370 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in the Week 13 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. A team spokesman said Sunday, Dec. 1, that Weeden was diagnosed with a concussion following the game after reporting symptoms.
Huddle Up: Hopefully this doesn't mean he misses time, because the Browns are down to their ball boy as emergency quarterback. This could be a problem for Josh Gordon.
Posted: 11/27/2013 12:20pm et
Cleveland Browns QB Jason Campbell (concussion) won't practice Wednesday, Nov. 27, and is unlikely to play in Week 13. QB Brandon Weeden is likely to start.
Huddle Up: The Browns have tried to replace Weeden twice, losing both Brian Hoyer and Campbell to injuries. Fortunately, Weeden does enough that fantasy owners of Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron shouldn't need to worry about the QB situation.
Posted: 11/25/2013 2:08pm et
Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski said QB Brandon Weeden may get the start in the team's Week 13 game, even though QB Jason Campbell (concussion) has not been ruled out yet.
Huddle Up: This is probably a good thing for Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron, though the latter didn't really get much action with Weeden at the helm last week.
Posted: 10/21/2013 2:55pm et
Cleveland Browns QB Brandon Weeden said he has not been told if he will start in the team's Week 8 game.
Huddle Up: You're not starting him anyway, but this could affect the other skill players. Jason Campbell isn't exactly good.
Posted: 10/14/2013 2:04pm et
Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski said he is sticking with QB Brandon Weeden as the team's starting quarterback in Week 7.
Huddle Up: Who else is going to start? Jason Campbell? Weeden might not be a great quarterback, but he gives value to Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron, though the latter has had a down couple of weeks.
Posted: 10/4/2013 12:44pm et
Updating a previous item, Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer was diagnosed with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee, and he'll miss the rest of the season. QB Brandon Weeden is expected to become the starting quarterback as a result.
Huddle Up: Tough break for Hoyer, who had sparked the team to a pair of wins and was feeding both Josh Cameron and Josh Gordon. Weeden wasn't bad against the Bills, and going forward the fantasy fates of Cameron and Gordon are in his hands.
Posted: 10/4/2013 12:11am et
Cleveland Browns QB Brandon Weeden completed 13-of-24 passes for 197 yards and a TD Thursday, Oct. 3 in a 37-24 win over the Buffalo Bills.
Huddle Up: Weeden was called into action early when starter Brian Hoyer departed with a knee injury on the Browns' second drive of the game and was on target with some timely deep throws in the second half after a sluggish start. His TD came on a 37- yard strike to WR Josh Gordon and, more importantly, he avoided any turnovers. Weeden started the first 2 games of the season and may be in line for more depending on the severity of Hoyer's injury.
Posted: 10/2/2013 12:15am et
Cleveland Browns QB Brandon Weeden (thumb) worked with gloves on both hands during practice open to the media Tuesday, Oct. 1. How he looks in practice this week will determine whether he is the backup to QB Brian Hoyer or the third stringer for the team's Week 5 game Thursday, Oct. 3.
Huddle Up: Weeden's banged-up thumb opened the door for Brian Hoyer, and it appears the former first-round pick is now shut outside with Hoyer having thrown for 590 yards and 5 TDs in leading the Browns to a pair of wins.
Posted: 9/23/2013 5:01pm et
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns QB Brandon Weeden (thumb) has a good chance to practice this week. The hand specialist told Weeden his sprained thumb is healing nicely.
Huddle Up: This is interesting given Brian Hoyer's big performance on Sunday. Perhaps you should save your waiver wire add for someone else.
Posted: 9/23/2013 1:16pm et
Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski said he will wait on naming a starting QB for the team's Week 4 game. Chudzinski wants to get updates on QB Brandon Weeden's (thumb) health, watch game film, and coach his players before making a decision.
Huddle Up: This is an example of great restraint on the part of Chudzinski, who presumably doesn't want to completely obliterate Weeden's confidence. But Brian Hoyer has to be the guy after yesterday's performance, right?
Posted: 9/22/2013 7:28pm et
Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer made his first start for his new team, and just the second of his career, in the Week 3 win against the Minnesota Vikings. Hoyer completed 30 of his 54 passes for 321 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. Hoyer did an admirable job filling in for the injured QB Brandon Weeden (thumb).
Huddle Up: Hoyer had a rather hot/cold day, but ultimately shined as the Browns won the most improbable victory on the road against the Vikings. He looked light years better than Brandon Weeden, though it helps that Hoyer had Josh Gordon.
Posted: 9/18/2013 1:45pm et
Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski said QB Brandon Weeden (thumb) will not be guaranteed his starting job when he returns from his injury. Chudzinski said the team will use the quarterback that gives them the best chance to win.
Huddle Up: If you were counting on Weeden for fantasy purposes... why? Hopefully whoever is back there won't be a fantasy albatross for the likes of Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron.
Posted: 9/17/2013 10:34am et
Cleveland Browns QB Brandon Weeden is likely out for Week 3 with a sprained right thumb. The team hasn't hinted whether they'll go with Jason Campbell or Brian Hoyer as the starter.
Huddle Up: Campbell would be the presumed starter; he relieved Weeden at the end of the Week 2 game. Weeden's absence dampens the return of Josh Gordon from his suspension, though Weeden hasn't been playing particularly well anyway so Campbell might be an upgrade.
Posted: 9/16/2013 2:32pm et
Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski said he'll consider starting QBs Jason Campbell or Brian Hoyer in Week 3 against the Minnesota Vikings if QB Brandon Weeden (thumb) can't play. Weeden has been sacked 11 times in the first two weeks of the season, and he finished 21-for-33 for 227 yards in their Week 2 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
Huddle Up: Again, if anyone other than Weeden starts, downgrade all receivers and tight ends this week. Monitor Weeden's thumb throughout the week.
Posted: 9/16/2013 1:58pm et
Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski said he is not sure if QB Brandon Weeden (thumb) will be able to practice Wednesday, Sept. 18, because of his thumb injury. Chudzinski said the team will see how Weeden's thumb responds over the next few days before determining his status for Week 3.
Huddle Up: If he's out, downgrade all Cleveland offensive players. This would be a big bummer for Josh Gordon, who is coming off of his two-game suspension.
Posted: 9/15/2013 5:27pm et
Cleveland Browns QB Brandon Weeden (thumb) left the game with a thumb injury Sunday, Sept. 15. QB Jason Campbell replaced him.
Huddle Up: There is no upside here with Campbell. Hopefully Weeden isn't too seriously hurt, otherwise guys like Jordan Cameron and Josh Gordon take a big hit.
Posted: 9/10/2013 6:50pm et
Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski said QB Brandon Weeden isn't on a short least after tossing three interceptions in their Week 1 loss to the Miami Dolphins. Weeden and the team also went just 4 of 13 on third downs. He was hit 16 times and took six sacks in the game, too. 'The protection issues were there, and that's something you have to contend with,' said Chudzinski. 'I thought Brandon had some ups and downs. I know there are some throws and some reads he'd like to have back. I think the one thing you saw yesterday, you saw his resiliency and toughness. If anybody had questions about that prior to this game, you look at the game and he's pretty tough and kept bouncing back.' Chudzinski acknowledged that Weeden doesn't need to put as much zip on some of his passes, at times. No personnel issues are planned on the offensive line to help with protection, even though OG Oniel Cousins struggled in the opener.
Huddle Up: Bigger things were expected of Weeden in his second year, especially with new OC Norv Tuner now in town. This will be a tough week to bounce back, though, as the Browns face the defending Super Bowl champs in their home opener, the pass-rush duo of Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil and a Ravens' secondary still smarting from the 7 TD passes it allowed to Peyton Manning in Week 1.
Posted: 8/20/2013 12:23pm et
Cleveland Browns QB Brandon Weeden has officially been named the starting quarterback. Head coach Rob Chudzinski said Weeden has made technique improvements. QB Jason Campbell will be the No. 2 quarterback.
Huddle Up: Weeden's strong preseason sealed the deal, as he has really taken to Norv Turner's offense. He's an intriguing option as a low-risk QB2 who could surprise with a Derek Anderson-like bustout season.
Posted: 8/16/2013 5:43pm et
Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski said he is not ready to name the team's starting quarterback even though QB Brandon Weeden has performed well during the first two preseason games.
Huddle Up: Weeden has performed better than "well" so far, completing 72 percent of his passes for 229 yards, 3 TDs and no picks for a 139.8 rating in 2 games, and if he isn't starting Week 1, it would be a shocker at this point.
Posted: 8/9/2013 10:07am et
Cleveland Browns QB Brandon Weeden went 10-for-13 for 112 yards and a touchdown in the first preseason game Thursday, Aug. 8.
Huddle Up: Plenty of talk this offseason about how the Browns' new offense is a better fit for Weeden, and he comes out of the gate firing in the first exhibition game. It's still early, but better that Weeden look good than look like Norv Turner's tutelage isn't helping.
Posted: 7/22/2013 2:51pm et
Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski said QB Brandon Weeden significantly improved his footwork this offseason and is getting the ball out of his hand quicker. Chudzinski said that Weeden will work with the first-team offense when practices begin. QB Jason Campbell will be working with the second-team offense while QB Brian Hoyer will work with the third-team offense.
Huddle Up: This doesn't appear to be a competition: the new offense Chudzinski and Norv Turner are running in Cleveland is a better fit for Weeden's game, and he's put in the work this offseason to improve so as to better run that offense. If Weeden had Josh Gordon at his disposal at the start of the season he'd be an intriguing fantasy sleeper; as it stands there's some upside to his game but he's no better than a bye week plug-in with upside.
Posted: 7/3/2013 10:37pm et
Cleveland Browns QB Brandon Weeden doesn't really have a solution to his batted-pass problem from a season ago. Weeden led the league with 21 batted passes in 2012 during his rookie season. "You really can't work on it," Weeden said. "It's something that if you think about it all the time, it will probably create more problems. I think there are a lot of reasons they happen. One being me patting the football, which I've talked about is one thing I've worked on this offseason to get rid of the habit of patting the football before you release it. That just gives those guys an extra half a second to jump up and bat it down."
Huddle Up: It's not a height issue for Weeden, nor is it really a release issue. Not patting the ball could help, with the obvious goal being more completions. Much improvement is expected from Weeden this season anyway, given the change in coaches and offensive scheme, and a reduction in knocked-down passes is certainly a step in the right direction.
Posted: 7/3/2013 2:19am et
ESPN's quarterback evaluator Ron Jaworski believes Cleveland Browns QB Brandon Weeden will be a solid NFL quarterback. 'For a rookie, Weeden showed uncommon poise and calm in the pocket' with 'consistently solid' mechanics, said Jaworski, who also touted the quarterback's ability to 'sit on his back foot and drive the ball with velocity.' Moving from former head coach Pat Shurmur's paint-by-numbers West Coast Offense to offensive coordinator Norv Turner's aggressive downfield passing attack should help. Weeden is more of a gunslinger, and coach Rob Chudzinski has promised to make the most of his quarterback's deep-ball ability.
Huddle Up: Weeden had a solid rookie season (3,496 total yards, 14 TDs) but was overshadowed/left in the dust by the historical success enjoyed by his rookie QB classmates. As a result, Weeden will be a forgotten man in many fantasy drafts this summer, but keep an eye out for him late in deep-league or 2-starting-QB drafts as the arrivals of Turner and Chudzinski should prove to be a boon for the second-year signalcaller.
Posted: 5/19/2013 3:41pm et
Cleveland Browns QB Brandon Weeden indicated that he and WR Josh Gordon are jelling nicely at organized team activities (OTAs). 'I have so much confidence in him. I'm not afraid to throw at any corner with him,' Weeden said. 'He's that good.'
Huddle Up: Gordon, a 2nd-round supplemental draft pick last summer, may still be flying under the radar even after finishing third among rookie wideouts in receptions (50), third in receiving yards (805) and tied for second in TD grabs (5) in 2012. With Gordon and Weeden now having a season under their belts, they figure to produce even bigger numbers this season.
Posted: 5/3/2013 9:50am et
Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski said Thursday, May 2, that he is not yet ready to hand the starting quarterback job to QB Brandon Weeden, even though the team did not select a quarterback in the NFL Draft. "I feel good about where we're at right now," Chudzinski said. "He's been working with the first group and we'll just see as we go forward. We're (working) on air right now so it's very early but I do like what I've seen so far and we'll see how it goes. Right now it's too early to say anything one way or another." Weeden will compete with QB Jason Campbell for the job.
Huddle Up: With Chudzinski and Norv Turner at the helm and intriguing targets like Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron, there's some upside to the Browns' offense--and subsequently the quarterback's fantasy value. Not enough to champion Weeden as a potential fantasy starter, but if he wins the job sooner rather than later he could rise among the backup rankings.
Posted: 4/16/2013 11:11pm et
Cleveland Browns QB Brandon Weeden took the first reps at quarterback in the team's minicamp Tuesday, April 16. He was followed by QB Jason Campbell and QB Thaddeus Lewis, in that order.
Huddle Up: Campbell was regarded as one of the league's better backups, but look for Weeden to win the starting job and improve on his rookie- year stats (3,385 yards, 14 TDs) in Norv Turner's offense.
Posted: 4/7/2013 11:16pm et
Cleveland Browns QB Brandon Weeden will compete with QB Jason Campbell for the starting quarterback job but everyone believes Weeden will win the job.
Huddle Up: Norv Turner's offense will be new, but expect Weeden to have the leg up. As a rookie, Weeden threw for 3,385 yards in 15 games, including a trio of 300-yard outings, but will need to work on his TD-to-turnover ratio, which included 14 of the former and 18 of the latter last season.
Posted: 4/1/2013 1:18pm et
Cleveland Browns QB Brandon Weeden is expected to receive most of the first-team reps in offseason workouts.
Huddle Up: This is hardly shocking news. What will be a surprise is if Colt McCoy is still around getting any reps when the Browns begin their offseason sessions.