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Browns coach Rob Chudzinski still not ready to name starting QB, but says Weeden excelled vs. Lions

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 16, 2013

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski still isn’t ready to name a starting quarterback, but he’s pleased with what he saw Thursday night from Brandon Weeden during Cleveland’s 24-6 win over the Detroit Lions in the second preseason game.

Weeden completed 8-of-12 passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns, posting a passer rating of 137.8. He connected with tight end Jordan Cameron for touchdowns of 10 and 5 yards.

“I’m still going to wait to name a starter,” Chudzinski said today during a conference call. “To me, this process is important. We’ll go through that, and when we complete the process, then we’ll name a starter.

“His performance, he was really good overall. He led, I think, three scoring drives we had with him. [He made] a number of good throws. Certainly there’s some things he can improve on that we’re going to go through the film with him.”

Weeden, the 22nd overall pick in last year’s draft, also had a stellar preseason opener last week in a 27-19 win over the Rams. He completed 10-of-13 passes for 112 yards and a touchdown for a passer rating of 127.7

But Chudzinksi saw some improvement from the first game to the second one that isn’t necessarily reflected in the box score.

“I thought that he really was throwing accurate balls out there,” Chudzinski said. “He did that in the first game as well, but he really had some nice throws there [against the Lions]. And then I think he had to move around in the pocket a little bit more. The rush was coming a little bit harder this week, so I think that was good for him as well to experience that.”

In the six series in which he has played this preseason, Weeden has led the Browns to three touchdown drives and two others that produced field goals. He has completed 18-of-25 passes (72 percent) for 229 yards and three touchdowns without an interception. His passer rating is 139.8, and he has not taken a sack.

Chudzinski surprised the masses Tuesday when he described the competition between Weeden and backup quarterback Jason Campbell as “close.” Weeden has taken all of the first-team reps throughout spring practices, training camp and the preseason games.

Campbell, who’s entering his ninth NFL season, has completed 18-of-21 passes (85.7 percent) for 143 yards and a touchdown without an interception through two exhibition games. His passer rating is 110.9, and he has taken three sacks.


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