Friday, August 10, 2012
Rocky preseason debut for Weeden
By Jamison Hensley
Browns rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden took some lumps in his preseason debut Friday night at Detroit.
In one quarter of work, Weeden fumbled, threw an interception and should have been picked off another time. He left after three uneven series, completing 3 of 9 passes for 62 yards.
His first series was impressive at the start. He strong-armed a 12-yard completion to Mohamed Massaquoi before hitting Travis Benjamin down the left sideline for a 34-yard gain. But, on third-and-15, rookie Mitchell Schwartz let a Lions defender get past him and strip the ball away from Weeden from behind.
Weeden should've had another turnover on his second possession. He was trying to hit Josh Gordon on a comeback, but rookie Dwight Bentley jumped the route. Luckily for Weeden, Bentley dropped the throw with no one between him and the end zone.
Weeden wasn't as fortunate on his last series of the night. Staring down Greg Little, Weeden was picked off by Bentley, who held onto the ball this time.
His effort wasn't all bad. On his long pass to Benjamin, Weeden stood in the pocket to make the throw despite pressure in his face. He also got rid of the ball twice instead of trying to force it into coverage.
His overall performance was underwhelming but hardly a surprise. Rookie quarterbacks often struggle in their first appearances in the preseason. It'll take a few more appearances before anyone can make a fair assessment of his play.