The pressure of making his preseason debut likely won't affect Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden, a 28-year-old who has already had a taste of professional sports as a minor-league pitcher.
But the pressure applied by Ndamukong Suh and the Detroit Lions' pass rush will be unlike anything he's ever faced before. Weeden never played against Suh during their days in the Big 12, but he knows about the reputation.
In the Lions’ 2011 preseason opener, Suh initiated Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton to the NFL by dragging him to the turf in a headlock move and ripping Dalton's helmet off. In a 2010 preseason game, Suh grabbed Browns quarterback Jake Delhomme by his facemask and then twisted him to the ground in another headlock maneuver.
“My main goal is -- however long I play -- be 100 percent on my responsibilities,” Weeden told the Akron Beacon Journal. “No missed assignments on my team, and I think it’s going to be fast. Guys are going to be flying around. It’s going to be fun. It’ll be nice to get hit a couple of times.”
Somehow getting hit by Suh a couple of times is probably not going to be "nice."