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Dez Bryant calls Brandon Weeden “outstanding” and “great”

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Dez Bryant and Brandon Weeden have known each other since they both started playing at Oklahoma State in 2007, and Bryant has always looked up to Weeden. Even now, with Weeden as a backup in Dallas after two disappointing seasons in Cleveland, Bryant says Weeden is a whole lot better than most people think.

He’s been doing an outstanding job since he got here,” Bryant told the Dallas Morning News. “In my honest opinion, I feel like he was doing some great things out in Cleveland.”

Weeden has had plenty of work with the first-string offense during Organized Team Activities, as Cowboys starting quarterback Tony Romo is taking it slowly in recovery from back surgery and second-string quarterback Kyle Orton is staying home. If Weeden is playing as well on the Cowboys’ practice field as Bryant says, that’s good for the Cowboys. But it would be tough to find many Browns fans who would agree with Bryant’s assessment that Weeden “did some great things out in Cleveland.”

Bryant has thought highly of Weeden since they were freshmen. Bryant, who was 18 at the time, first noticed the 24-year-old Weeden because of the kind of car he could afford as a former second-round draft pick in Major League Baseball.

“I was like, ‘Man, he’s driving a BMW.’ Driving a black BMW, a black 745,” Bryant said. “Remember seeing him get out of the car in the parking lot, and I was like, ‘Damn, how did he get that?’ Somebody had told me that he had played baseball. I’m left-handed, too. I should’ve been working on my pitch game.”

That was seven years ago, and Bryant still likes what he sees from Weeden.

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  1. bigbenh8tr says: Jun 10, 2014 7:49 AM

    No surprise here. They did very well at Oklahoma St. and helped Dez show his skills to get into the draft.

    Bring on the hate losers

  2. bigbenh8tr says: Jun 10, 2014 7:50 AM

    I say hate, because the word haters should only be used by children

  3. brandonj21 says: Jun 10, 2014 7:56 AM

    Blah Blah Blah …If they didnt play for the same school , he would say Weeden was garbage like eveyone else says…

  4. DicksSportingWoods says: Jun 10, 2014 7:57 AM

    bigbenh8tr says:
    Jun 10, 2014 7:50 AM

    I say hate, because the word haters should only be used by children

    ———-

    Says the guy with “h8tr” in his user name.

  5. eaglesw00t says: Jun 10, 2014 8:01 AM

    I guess when youve played with the likes of Brandon Weeden, Tony Romo, and Kyle Orton, Weeden does look great.

    Imagine if he ever played with a real QB…

  6. thagawdshow says: Jun 10, 2014 8:05 AM

    The entire city of Cleveland let out a collective “LOL”

  7. avenueoffreedom says: Jun 10, 2014 8:12 AM

    @bigbenh8tr the word haters is only used by children you say…yet the word is in your username? lol

  8. alewatcher says: Jun 10, 2014 8:18 AM

    Weeden could be way better than we think, and still suck.

  9. detroitdawg says: Jun 10, 2014 8:19 AM

    If you watched that “turd” for two years, great would not cross your mind one time.

  10. Stupid Lions Fan says: Jun 10, 2014 8:20 AM

    Wait till the season starts

  11. natijim235 says: Jun 10, 2014 8:21 AM

    Brandon Weedon calls Dez Bryant “a me me guy”
    “lazy”

  12. ronarch13 says: Jun 10, 2014 8:22 AM

    Bahahaha, is this a comedy routine? He looked good last year, when no one was chasing him. He folds under pressure.

  13. greymares says: Jun 10, 2014 8:23 AM

    Dallas leads the league with QB’s that can’t play.

  14. doubleogator says: Jun 10, 2014 8:25 AM

    Weeden pitched left handed and plays football right handed?

  15. thetruthcampaign says: Jun 10, 2014 8:29 AM

    That’s bullying.

  16. eaglesnoles05 says: Jun 10, 2014 8:30 AM

    In all fairness to Dez’s assessment of Weeden in Clevleland- he very well may have done some great BMW driving up there, so let’s not judge only on his on-field play.

  17. tonyl6596 says: Jun 10, 2014 8:30 AM

    Brandon Weeden is a no talent stiff!!!!! He looks good huh…wait until you guys put on pads. In Cleveland the game did not officially start until Weeden either missed a wide open receiver 30 yards downfield or throw an interception to a guy who was triple covered. He sucks monkey nuts. I couldn’t believe the Cowboys actually signed this lead footed, brain locked more washed up version of Kyle Boller.

  18. bobsacamano2 says: Jun 10, 2014 8:31 AM

    Weeden always looked great in camp and pre-season. He has a cannon arm and can put the ball on the money.

    He struggled because he stares down his number one option. The defense either picks up on this and shuts it down or plays off enough to bait him into an INT.

    He looks great in OTAs because there is no pass rush, defenses are not playing at full speed, and there is no CB/WR contact.

    I’m a Browns fan and was a big Weeden supporter. I was rooting for the guy but he just wilts under pressure.

  19. eaglesnoles05 says: Jun 10, 2014 8:32 AM

    LOL bigbenh8r- you clowned on the word “haters” and it’s not only in your name, but it’s ‘h8r’- which maybe should only be used by your childrens children. Just letting you know.

  20. jgedgar70 says: Jun 10, 2014 8:34 AM

    No matter how well they did at Oklahoma St, no matter how close their friendship is, no matter what car is driven, saying “I feel like he was doing some great things out in Cleveland” is a conclusion only a complete space cadet can come to.

  21. psj3809 says: Jun 10, 2014 8:36 AM

    Decent backup for Romo. If you look at his stats in his two years in the NFL they’re not that bad. The poster above doesnt seem a fan but its not like the Browns put a great team on the field, they didnt have a great rushing attack to help a 2nd year QB etc.

    With Orton messing about (surprised he seems to wants to retire as he’ll lose a lot of money) its a good move for Dallas as he didnt cost a ton

  22. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Jun 10, 2014 8:36 AM

    Can he protect a 23-point lead?

  23. ttommytom says: Jun 10, 2014 8:41 AM

    Dez likes him because of his car.

    Thus the reason you can drive through any run down part of the USA and see detailed cars in driveways worth more than the run down home they live in. Love those priorities…

  24. raiderufan says: Jun 10, 2014 8:43 AM

    DicksSportingWoods says:
    Jun 10, 2014 7:57 AM
    bigbenh8tr says:
    Jun 10, 2014 7:50 AM

    I say hate, because the word haters should only be used by children

    ———-

    Says the guy with “h8tr” in his user name.
    ———

    And even children realize the 8 provides the T needed for hater.

  25. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 10, 2014 8:49 AM

    But how good is he compared to Romo and would it make sense to dump Romo in a trade to get something else and play with Weeden? How come you can’t figure out that we want to know what you think about this?

  26. chip4prez says: Jun 10, 2014 8:50 AM

    i have been doing some “outstanding” things in my bathroom and left some “great” things behind

  27. jerruhjones says: Jun 10, 2014 8:50 AM

    Hey bigben”hate”…wait untl Flipper has to come in when Romo goes down. Be sure to post up how great he is then! bwahahahahaah…..

    Go Browns!!!

  28. stewart09 says: Jun 10, 2014 8:53 AM

    If Weeden wasn’t good in practice he wouldn’t have a job it’s his in game intangibles that are terrible.

  29. flexx91 says: Jun 10, 2014 8:53 AM

    Haters? People “hate” on something when it’s successful or out of jealousy. That certainly not the case with the Cowboys so I don’t how you can call folks haters just because they like to make fun of them – which is justified.

  30. crubenst says: Jun 10, 2014 9:01 AM

    Well at least Dez can comfortably blow all his money on expensive dinners for his teammates. He should be employed for a long time after his playing career is over as a personell man.

  31. chaseutley says: Jun 10, 2014 9:03 AM

    The takeaway: Dez Bryant likes a QB who stares at his first read for the entire play.

  32. tackledbyaflag says: Jun 10, 2014 9:05 AM

    Just keep those flags off the field and he should stay upright.

  33. 2qswing says: Jun 10, 2014 9:13 AM

    Dez, in shorts and t shirts he looked pretty good here as well.

  34. guiness17 says: Jun 10, 2014 9:15 AM

    Didn’t watch any games Weeden played in, but if what some of you are saying, big arm and good accuracy, but stares down receivers, that seems like something coaching can help. And I’m not sure he got a whole lot of that at the Factory of Sadness. If Dallas can break him of some of those habits, they might have a steal.

  35. chicagosports2014 says: Jun 10, 2014 9:22 AM

    Put foot in mouth with the HATER comment. EXPOSED. “😂

  36. gumbosaints says: Jun 10, 2014 9:31 AM

    “Dez, in shorts and t shirts he looked pretty good here as well.”

    BLANK STARE……

  37. SparkyGump says: Jun 10, 2014 9:31 AM

    Remember all those quarterbacks between Aikman and Romo? Well coming soon we are going to be treated to all those quarterbacks between Romo and……

  38. missingjimmyjohnsonsince1994 says: Jun 10, 2014 9:35 AM

    Brandon Weeden – Great arm, smart dude, very accurate, played on a miserable team. Simple as that. Nobody has a legitimate chance in Cleveland until they establish somewhat of a running game and have more than Josh Gordan to throw to.

    Weeden, with his age and limited time to develop as an NFL player is poised to be a successful backup will earn an okay salary as a backup. Guy can be a great mentor for a QB the Cowboys eventually draft to move into the starting role. Cowboys have the talent to allow a backup to perform well as we have seen with Orton in the past.

  39. missingjimmyjohnsonsince1994 says: Jun 10, 2014 9:37 AM

    thagawdshow says:
    Jun 10, 2014 8:05 AM
    The entire city of Cleveland let out a collective “LOL”
    ___________________________________
    That’s exactly what the rest of the NFL has done when Cleveland has played – dating back to 1989

  40. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Jun 10, 2014 9:39 AM

    What an idiot. He looked up to him because he drove a BWM. Not surprising but very idiotic.

  41. hehatemyfootballteam says: Jun 10, 2014 9:40 AM

    Oh Dez you will see the real Weeden at the start of the first game of the season as his most feared nemesis will be unveiled…..the over sized American flag…

  42. pmars64 says: Jun 10, 2014 9:42 AM

    His jaw is made of glass, his stomach is as soft as pillow, and his brain is made of air…

  43. hedphurst says: Jun 10, 2014 9:59 AM

    missingjimmyjohnsonsince1994 says:
    Jun 10, 2014 9:35 AM
    Brandon Weeden – Great arm, smart dude, very accurate, played on a miserable team. Simple as that. Nobody has a legitimate chance in Cleveland until they establish somewhat of a running game and have more than Josh Gordan to throw to.

    It’s really not that simple. Yes, Weeden has a cannon for an arm, and yes, he’s smart, and yes, he can hit a clay pigeon in mid air with a football. He was very inconsistent in real games, though, and he very rarely threw passes that led a receiver to yards after the catch. He routinely threw the ball behind, over, and at the feet of his targets, which led to incomplete, interceptions, dropped passes, and missed opportunities for bigger gains on completions. He also starred down his receivers, which led to batted passes at the line and interceptions.

    He has all the physical talent in the world, and I genuinely hope he develops into a great QB, but you can’t blame his shortcomings to this point as a passer on the Browns. You can blame them for giving up on him too early, but their running game or lack thereof had nothing to do with him throwing to a receiver’s back shoulder on a short slant, time after time.

  44. hedphurst says: Jun 10, 2014 10:03 AM

    *incompletions/stared down his receivers – I need to remember to look more carefully for mistakes before hitting “submit” when posting from my phone.

  45. 1952vikefan says: Jun 10, 2014 10:16 AM

    If you cant put numbers up on turners offense ?Hoyer was until he got hurt

  46. 4thandlonger says: Jun 10, 2014 10:16 AM

    Weeden sucks, but he sure can throw, just can’t play QB.

    But there’s not enough reward for having the strong arm these days. P Manning with his ducks as Sherman referred to his passes beats you with knowing the protection and routes and brains with some accurate well timed passes.

    I’d like to see a guy like Weeden just step in and launch some throws. Double coverage on Dez, a safety in the box due to a proper running game and maybe Weeden could make plays if he has other decent WR’s. Not holding my breath though.

    Safety first is the message for back up QB’s. Avoid turnovers and hope the D and run game grinds a win. But most back ups have noodle arms.

  47. bassplucker says: Jun 10, 2014 10:19 AM

    So before Dez had even said a word to Weeden, he got his A-OK… based on his car.

    Classic. Shallow materialism is killing our society.

  48. campcouch says: Jun 10, 2014 10:20 AM

    It’s awesome that he wondered how the QB was driving a BMW and even the type 5 years later. No worries about his talents. He must have felt great disappointment to learn Weeden had paid for it himself from his baseball earnings. Only then did he realize that those Cowboys didn’t pay for play.

  49. boctavious says: Jun 10, 2014 10:59 AM

    I watched every game of Weeden for the browns. And I can assure you, he is a rifle arm, with a lead-head. Aw shucks just plain old dumb. “Panic artist”. And I was a browns fan rooting for him. But when Hoyer played it only made Weedens shortcomings as a pro QB more evident.

  50. ronarch13 says: Jun 10, 2014 11:03 AM

    someone should drug test Dez

  51. slash714 says: Jun 10, 2014 11:46 AM

    Make sure you get him off the field before they bring the giant flag out.. Dallas is the new factory of sadness..

  52. eaglesnoles05 says: Jun 10, 2014 11:59 AM

    Here’s the list of great things Weeden does:
    1) Throws the ball to Dez.


    I guess that’s it. Explains the population of Dez in his fan club of one.

  53. alongthegulf says: Jun 10, 2014 12:00 PM

    Weeden was a darn good QB at Oklahoma State. They should have won the National Championship. Simple fact, Weeden has the skills to play QB in the NFL. Cleveland has been the graveyard for QB’s. In fact Cleveland has been a joke for the past several years. I have nothing against the Browns fans. Hopefully the new coach and administration can turn the Browns around. I believe Weeden can be developed into a better than average QB in the right organization. Are the Cowboys the right organization? We will just have to wait and see.

  54. nflpropickemking says: Jun 10, 2014 12:06 PM

    OMG a “Black” BMW…………751I ……….WOW……I will kiss this mans shoes till the day I get cut…….Ok Dez…………

  55. granadafan says: Jun 10, 2014 12:08 PM

    “It’s awesome that he wondered how the QB was driving a BMW and even the type 5 years later. No worries about his talents. He must have felt great disappointment to learn Weeden had paid for it himself from his baseball earnings. Only then did he realize that those Cowboys didn’t pay for play.”
    =======================================

    Bryant sadly realized he wasn’t in the SEC and doesn’t get paid (as much).

  56. buddysguys says: Jun 10, 2014 12:22 PM

    at what?

  57. root4cleveland says: Jun 10, 2014 12:26 PM

    Browns fans would be happy to agree that Weeden looks great in training camp and pre-season games, too. It those pesky real-time decisions he makes in real games that is the problem.

    I don’t hate the guy, but he’s a different player when there’s a real defense he’s up against. I wish him the best but I’m glad the Browns cut their losses.

  58. swannyfootball says: Jun 10, 2014 12:43 PM

    Weeden looked good in OTA’s and practice in Cleveland. He also looked good in the preseason games last year. The problem is that the live game is too fast for him. When it comes to a real game he starts locking on to the primary receiver and holding the ball too long. I thought he would be a solid NFL starter but boy was I wrong.

  59. arcaero says: Jun 10, 2014 2:36 PM

    Weeden looks great in shorts. “Passes the eye test”.

    Put pads and a rush on him and watch him lock up, deer in the headlights, start patting the ball, breaking off progressions, gun shy, shell shocked, damaged goods, not ready for prime time. Call it what you want. Million dollar arm, ___ ___ ___.

    Sincerely,

    Cleveland

  60. tonybot3 says: Jun 10, 2014 3:37 PM

    Weeden has a great arm, but as others have said, he’s a step behind in real-time football decisions.

    Thats why Cleveland fans like Hoyer so much, because he gets the ball out quick.

  61. chewchunk says: Jun 10, 2014 4:06 PM

    Message to Romo. Clocks ticking. This is the make or break year for Romo. No more excuses.

  62. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jun 10, 2014 8:16 PM

    That’s pretty much what I would expect Dez to say at this early point. But when they get in the games we will see how long the honey moon last.

    Sometimes a QB benefits from a change in scenery but my expectations are low for Weeden.

  63. matteyghoukis says: Jun 11, 2014 1:21 AM

    I believe what he is saying, and if Weeden has to step in this year it doesn’t hurt to talk up the back-up…

  64. bobzilla1001 says: Jun 11, 2014 1:40 AM

    Make or break year for Romo? The first thing Romo needs to do is play better on defense. Him losing games by 55-50 scores is embarrassing.
    Football fans are too funny.

  65. abigbuck99 says: Jun 11, 2014 9:09 AM

    Important factor:
    People forget how many short passes that requires some touch on it that he fired like a fastball and were dropped by receivers. He looks good but lacks some common sense and that leads to failure. That separates the men from the boys. The winners from the losers.

  66. bohste says: Jun 12, 2014 6:20 AM

    Weeden often throws the most beautiful spiral …. but usually it’s to the other team.

  67. politicallyincorrect says: Jun 12, 2014 2:14 PM

    what is the pc term for Dez

    he is obviously an uneducated moron.. but wondering what the pc term should be here

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