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Brandon Weeden will get much-needed snaps Thursday

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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.

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  1. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 6, 2014 8:06 AM

    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. ragnarthegreat says: Aug 6, 2014 8:15 AM

    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. floratiotime says: Aug 6, 2014 8:16 AM

    Flush flush … another Cowboys season down the drain. Well done Jerrah.

  4. jerruhjones says: Aug 6, 2014 8:16 AM

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

    Go Browns!!!

  5. kosarkid says: Aug 6, 2014 8:27 AM

    ^^^^^^
    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.

  6. detroitdawg says: Aug 6, 2014 8:32 AM

    It doesn’t matter how many snaps he takes…Cowboys fans need to pray this guy doesn’t get on the field.

  7. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 6, 2014 8:34 AM

    Odd to hear a 30 year old QB say it’s early in his career. Put him behind their 2nd string offensive line in preseason games, and I think Weeden will learn to get rid of the ball more quickly.

  8. fordmandalay says: Aug 6, 2014 8:55 AM

    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.

  9. In Teddy We Trust says: Aug 6, 2014 9:28 AM

    Don’t stop B. Weeden!

  10. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Aug 6, 2014 9:41 AM

    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…..

  11. 700levelvet says: Aug 6, 2014 9:50 AM

    The.”Most mediocre franchise in sports”…

  12. delebar says: Aug 6, 2014 10:17 AM

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

  13. brownoholic says: Aug 6, 2014 10:41 AM

    If you think this guy’s problem was just being in Cleveland, you will soon be proven wrong . . .

  14. 88xfactor says: Aug 6, 2014 10:43 AM

    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

  15. sportstalkprofessional says: Aug 6, 2014 11:02 AM

    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.

  16. godofwine330 says: Aug 6, 2014 11:06 AM

    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.

  17. clevelandrocksyourface says: Aug 6, 2014 11:41 AM

    Uhhhhh, hey Dallas? You’re in trouble.

  18. cueghost says: Aug 6, 2014 11:59 AM

    700Level. “The most unoriginal poster in PFT”.

  19. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 6, 2014 3:12 PM

    Weeden was sacked twice Sunday during their controlled scrimmage where defenders aren’t even allowed to touch the QB. Not a good sign.

  20. no1pipelayer says: Aug 6, 2014 4:28 PM

    “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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