Browns coach Pat Shurmur formally named rookie Brandon Weeden the team’s starting quarterback this evening after practice.
The announcement was not surprising at all.
Weeden, the 22nd overall pick in this year's draft, has taken all of the snaps with the first-team offense since the team held its first full-squad practice of training camp on July 27. Weeden will start Friday on the road in the Browns’ preseason opener against the Detroit Lions and beyond.
“Brandon Weeden will start the Detroit game, and he’ll be our starter as we go forward here,” Shurmur said. “The No. 2 position will be determined based on how things play out here in training camp.
“Brandon’s the starter, and we’re moving forward. I think that’s the important thing. I’m not looking back. We’re committed and we’re rolling. We anticipate he’s gonna do a great job.”
Weeden appreciates the vote of confidence.
"I’m excited obviously," Weeden said. "I’m excited about it. I think I’ve busted my tail for 10 practices now. I’ve put in a lot of work, a lot of studying. I’ve had some ups, had some downs, but I think I’ve come a long ways. Hearing the news, it’s obviously exciting but my preparation’s not gonna change. I’m gonna go about it the same way I’ve been going about it and continue to get better as a player, continue to be a leader on this football team."
Quarterback Seneca Wallace worked with the second-team offense this afternoon, though Shurmur said Colt McCoy will serve as the No. 2 quarterback against the Lions. Weeden and the other starters will probably play about one quarter on Friday, Shurmur said.
Shurmur said he spoke to all three quarterbacks separately this morning. He said McCoy has not told him he wants a fresh start with another team.
McCoy and Weeden worked with the first-team offense during organized team activities and minicamp in the spring. But McCoy hasn’t practiced with the projected starters during camp.
McCoy told reporters today that he thought he would be in a competition for the starting job, implying he didn’t get a fair shake.
"I would like to say that I haven’t taken any snaps in walk through or in practice with the first group," McCoy said. ... "I thought coming in it would be a competition. But again, I’ve come out here and competed my tail off, and I’ve really worked hard to get better and improve, and I know I have and I know our team has. So from that standpoint I am OK."
When asked if he wants to be traded, McCoy said, “I learned the news just like you did. OK? So I learned right before practice, I came to practice, I worked hard, got better, I’m excited about the preseason. We’ll see what happens.”
Shurmur explained what he believes separates Weeden from the other quarterbacks on the roster.
“I think he’s an outstanding thrower,” Shurmur said. “He knows how to play the position. He’s a good decision maker. He’s working through the progressions and understands where the ball goes. He’s accurate, and I think when he gets in the huddle he’s wired right to play the position.”
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