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.
- The Colts' Andrew Luck, the first overall pick, completed 10 of 16 passes for 188 yards. He threw two touchdowns for a 142.7 rating. Three of the incompletions were drops and two were throwaways.
- The Redskins' Robert Griffin III, the No. 2 pick who was pursued by the Browns before the draft, connected on 4 of 6 throws for 70 yards. He had one touchdown for a rating of 145.8. After a choppy start (there was a muffed handoff), RG3 completed his final three passes for 58 yards, capped by a 20-yard touchdown pass.
- The Dolphins' Ryan Tannehill, the No. 8 pick who was the only first-round quarterback who didn't start, finished 14 of 21 passing for 167 yards. He had one touchdown for a 106.6 rating.
- Then there was Weeden, the 22nd overall pick who had one fumble, one interception (it would've been twice if a Lions cornerback hadn't dropped a pass) and no touchdowns. He was 3 of 9 for 62 yards and a rating of 19.0.
“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.