Weeden Gets First Reps With First Team Wednesday; Shurmur Says Don’t Read Into It
BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden got his first crack with the first team Wednesday.
Weeden took snaps in front of Colt McCoy during 11 on 11 and 7 on 7 drills. McCoy received the first snaps last week.
“I don’t think you can read into that,” coach Pat Shurmur said. “I think last week Colt (McCoy) started all of the team drills. This week, or at least today and it will change throughout the week, we had Brandon start the drill, but they all got similar amount of reps with guys that are competing at the skill positions to be starters. I wouldn’t read into that, no.”
Shurmur is alternating the initial reps as the quarterback competition continues this offseason.
“One thing I would caution you against is looking out there and trying to decide who is a starter and who is a backup,” Shurmur said. “I think right now we’re just out there, at most positions, competing and trying to get better.”
While Weeden is the favorite to unseat McCoy as the starter, Shurmur hasn’t made a decision. He also want to make clear that who gets reps when and with what group right now is insignificant as far as his depth chart is concerned.
Weeden echoed Shurmur’s statement nearly verbatim.
“You can’t read anything into that,” Weeden said. “Colt’s been doing it for the first week and I think they just wanted to switch things up and see how we respond. I don’t read anything into it.
“Whether it’s ones, twos, threes – it doesn’t matter. I just have to go out and execute.”
Weeden didn’t have a spectacular day overall. He threw a couple of interceptions as well as a few balls off of one foot while rolling out – but he still was clearly stronger than McCoy.
McCoy threw several passes that wobbled like ducks and at one point became visibly frustrated following a bad throw pointing at teammates and hitting his leg with his hand.
As the offseason and OTA’s progress, Shurmur is expanding the playbook and the situations they practice.
Wednesday the session wrapped up with the two-minute offense. Shurmur just installed the two-minute drill Tuesday and it showed.
Neither quarterback shined but the coach wasn’t disappointed in what he saw.
“We’re trying to introduce one phase of situational football each day and we did some two-minute at the end of practice,” Shurmur said. “I think the guys handled (it) well. I’m more interested in going through the mechanics of it from calling the plays and getting the defense lined up and whatnot and I thought they functioned well.”
McCoy got the first opportunity and had a pair of passes batted down during the drill. One of Weeden’s series ended in an interception.
“We just put it in (Tuesday),” Weeden said. “Hopefully the next time I do it, it will be a lot more crisp.”
Running back Trent Richardson and right tackle Mitchell Schwartz also received the first reps with the first team.