One of the running storylines in Dallas this offseason has been the absence of quarterback Kyle Orton from team activities.
Whenever the issue is discussed, the need for Orton is usually framed as insurance for Tony Romo coming off of back surgery and the fact that Brandon Weeden would be next in line to take over the offense in the event that Romo is forced out of the lineup. Weeden’s teammates have shown their support for the former Browns first-round pick and Weeden himself says that he’s aiming to prove he’s the best man to fill the No. 2 role whether or not Orton rejoins the team..
“I’m going to go about my business the same way regardless. I haven’t met Kyle, so I can’t really speak on it, but whatever he decides to do — it’s kind of out of my control,” Weeden said, via the team’s website. “So what I’m worried about is, if I’m running with the twos out there, do my job to make the twos better. I want to make the team better any way I can, so it doesn’t change my mindset or the way I feel about it.”
It’s the only approach for Weeden to take, especially after having most of the offseason to work with the first team while Orton did his own thing and Romo recovered from surgery. That won’t make life any easier for the Cowboys if Romo should go down at some point this year, but it should make them a bit more comfortable with the prospect of playing Weeden if things wind up breaking that way.