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.”
“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.