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Monday, August 13, 2012
Other first-round QBs outshine Weeden

By Jamison Hensley

The best part about Brandon Weeden's less-than-stellar preseason debut on Friday is he doesn't seem rattled by his mistakes.

The worst part is all of the other quarterbacks selected in the first round in April were far more impressive than Weeden in their first games. It wasn't even close.
“Overall I’m upbeat about it,” Weeden said. “I think the way I felt and the plays we did make that were positive plays were good and we’ve got to build off those.”

Remember, these are just first impressions. The preseason is the time to put together observations on rookies, not draw conclusions. It's easy to forget that Weeden beat Luck, RG3 and Tannehill last season at Oklahoma State. Indeed, the previous time Weeden played a game was Jan. 2, when he beat Luck and Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl.

“You have to keep in mind, yeah, we’ve been practicing and stuff, but I haven’t played a game since Jan. 2,” Weeden said. “So the first game out you’re going to do some things that are uncharacteristic, you’re going to do some things you may not want to."

Unfortunately for Weeden, the other rookie first-round quarterbacks didn't have that same rust.