BEREA, Ohio — The Cleveland Browns have named a starting quarterback four days before their first preseason game. Former Major League Baseball player Brandon Weeden will now get his first start on a different professional playing field.
“I’m excited about it. I’ve busted my tail for 10 practices now, and I’ve really put in a lot of work, a lot of studying. I’ve had some up, had some downs, but I think I’ve come a long way. Hearing the news is obviously exciting, but my preparations aren’t going to change.” said Weeden.
“I feel better about our quarterback position,” head coach Pat Shurmur said.
The 6’3″ Oklahoma State quarterback was the expected pick, but Shurmur left the competition open between Weeden and last year’s starter Colt McCoy.
He says last year, he was unsure about his place on the team but kept a specific goal in mind.
“You just never know. On draft night I knew who they were, but I didn’t know the guys personally when I can into this locker room. You never know how they’re going to bring me on, or how everything is going to work out. I took the mindset, and I told you guys right when I first got here that I’m going to come here and battle and do everything I can from my perspective to be the starting quarterback,” said Weeden.
“Weeden will start in Detroit and start moving forward,” Shurmur said. He also added that Colt will “probably” be the second quarterback to enter the game against Detroit on Friday.
Weeden always took the first snaps during training camp and Shurmur said the starters will most likely play the first quarter only for the first preseason game in Detroit.