Thursday, June 6, 2013
Weeden still favorite as minicamp ends
By Jamison Hensley
The Cleveland Browns wrapped up the last practice of offseason workouts Thursday with quarterback Brandon Weeden working exclusively with the first team, according to The Plain Dealer.
"I don't want that to change," Weeden said. "Oh, that would be tough. I'm still competing every day and competing with myself, so I'm worried about me."
Even though first-year head coach Rob Chudzinski hasn't named a starting quarterback, it's long been considered that this is Weeden's job to lose. His main competition is Jason Campbell, who hasn't been a No. 1 quarterback since getting injured October 2011.
That's why it wouldn't be a surprise to see Weeden starting the season opener against the Miami Dolphins. It would, however, go against the Browns' history.
Weeden would become just the third quarterback in the expansion era of the Browns to start consecutive season openers. The last time it happened was 2006-07, when Charlie Frye did so. Tim Couch started three consecutive season openers from 2000 to 2002.
Since Frye, the last five season openers were started by Derek Anderson (2008), Brady Quinn (2009), Jake Delhomme (2010), Colt McCoy (2011) and Weeden (2012).
Weeden still has to outplay Campbell and Brian Hoyer in training camp and the preseason to win the job for a team that he believes will surprise some people.
"I think we have a chance to be really good," he said. "I'm speaking about the whole team. Guys are flying around on that side of the ball just like we are. I think we have the potential to be really, really good."