Brandon Weeden will get much-needed snaps Thursday

AP

Brandon Weeden might be older than most third-year quarterbacks, but he’s still a baby by Cowboys backup standards.

So the fact Tony Romo won’t play in the preseason opener might give Weeden a chance to play much more than he would have, and those are chances he needs.

He just needs to play,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said, via Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “If you know his biography, his time he spent in baseball, a two-year stint at Oklahoma State and playing in a couple of different systems in Cleveland.

“He just needs to takes snaps. He has a lot of natural ability. You can see that. He is really good throwing the football. He can throw any kind of ball you want him to throw. He just needs to take snaps, and to see him grow when he gets an opportunity to take snaps, make mistakes, make plays and learn from it all.”

The Cowboys have skewed older in recent years for Romo’s backup, from Brad Johnson to Jon Kitna to Kyle Orton.
But while Weeden’s “just” 30, he has seen plenty of things in his career, with three systems in as many seasons thanks to the instability in Cleveland.

“I’m still seeing things for the first time,” Weeden said. “I think that gets kind of lost in translation, because of my age. But this league is a big transition coming from college football, especially the system I played in. It’s a lot different.

“When you get to this level, it takes time. It takes time to get your feet wet and see some things that make you comfortable. I’m getting there, but it’s still early. It’s still early in my career.”

Weeden could play as much as a half in the opener against the Chargers, giving him a chance to settle into more of a routine than normal this time of year.

20 responses to “Brandon Weeden will get much-needed snaps Thursday

  1. I think Weeden is a solid backup option. Yes he does take a little long to get rid of the ball, however, besides Josh Gordon he had the 2 worst NFL WRs I’ve ever seen in Greg Little and Davone Bess that must have dropped no lie 60 passes right in their hands the last 2 years.

  2. I am pulling for this guy. When he left Cleveland, I hoped he would land in a more stable environment. Too many head coaches, OC’s etc. for a new QB to develop. But with JJ at the helm in Dallas, I am not sure I would call that world “stable’ either.

  3. Still can’t believe Jerruh signed this guy….Cowboy fans better hope Romo stays healthy this year!

    Go Browns!!!

  4. ^^^^^^
    Can’t blame Cleveland’s players. Campbell and Hoyer outplayed him with the same cast of misfit players. Weeden did have to play his first two games without GoreDawn though.

  5. Don’t worry Cowboys fans, Dr. Jerruh MD tells me Romo is 100% healthy – but even if he’s not, GM Jerruh tells me Weeden is a solid NFL QB! So buy those playoff tickets today before they’re sold out.

  6. Anyone who knows anything about football knew that Weeden was going to be a bust but on top of that he’s just so dumb looking…..

  7. Cowboys fans will quickly learn what Browns fans already no. Brandon Weeden and “much-needed snaps” should never be used in the same sentence.

  8. Hey 700level are you stuck on stupid or what? The Browns are never gonna win anything. Weeden lucky to be in Dallas. Can’t wait til Thursday night. Weeden: 18 of 22 an 2 TD. Keep the hate mail coming. THEMBOYS4LIFE

  9. Yeah it never gets old for the 700leveltroll.
    Weeden is a solid QB with upside. Sure would rather have him than Orton, who has always been overhyped. At least he wants to be here & has some fire in him. People often forget about the chemistry he had with Dez at OSU too! The Boys season looks grim but it won’t be Weeden’s fault if it is. Give the guy a break! Joe Montana in his prime would struggle in Cleveland! Bill Belichik struggled in Cleveland! The place is cursed! I’ll be rooting for them to win that division but it doesn’t look like a good year for them or the Boys in 2014.

  10. Good luck with that, Dallas. Dude got sacked by a flag on his first game. Funny, but it showed me bad peripherals, so yeah. Dallas, y’all have fun with that. Zero awareness or pocket presence, but a great arm. Think Jeff George, but a little worse.

  11. “But while Weeden’s “just” 30, he has seen plenty of things in his career, with three systems in as many seasons thanks to the instability in Cleveland.”

    Shame he’ll most likely have to learn a new system again next year after the the coaches get canned.

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