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Weeden to be challenged for starting spot

RAY ROBINSON | 7/23/2013, 3:33 p.m.
Brandon Weeden

Hail, Hail, the gangs all here. Or at least the gang will be in full force tomorrow at the Browns’ training facility in Berea as training camp for the 2013-2014 campaign opens.

All eyes will be on the squad this year as the fans and upper management look for a promising season in what has become a shaky start to the Haslam-era Browns. The heat and the flames seem to continue to grow in the investigation that surrounds non-payment of diesel fuel rebates to some customers of Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers and travel plazas in North America, of which Haslam is the President.

Thus far, the swirling investigation hasn’t had any kind of impact at all on the Browns organization.

There will undoubtedly be some controversy at the quarterback position, as QB Brandon Weeden will be challenged by several new acquisitions. If he stays within himself, stops locking in on receivers and ceases the huge overthrows, Weeden should be fine.

In fact, with his superb arm strength and desire to go long, he should thrive in the new system that will be in place under Norv Turner and coach Rob Chudzinzki . They will look to stretch the field with a bevy of receivers, pound the defense with the running game and use the long ball with speedy and athletic men downfield. We have seen Weeden be quite adapt at hitting the short routes, but we have also seen him struggle tremendously with some of the longer ones. He must work on a much quicker release, and his receivers must hold on to the ball; goals that neither Weeden, nor his receivers, were able to accomplish last year.

Last season he was overly excited and made plenty of rookie mistakes. This year, those same mistakes could cost Weeden his starting job. Still, he will be under the skeptical eye of the fans – who are hungry for a winner – and the quarterback position is where it all begins.

His interception ratio must also improve in order to retain the starting spot.

According to Chudzinski, Weeden will be taking reps with the first team, followed by Jason Campbell, who will get reps with the second squad and then finally Bryan Hoyer will work out with the third regime.

Weeden has been in camp working with the rookies and trying to make the best of the early reps. He appears to be confident and ready for the daunting challenge ahead.