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In doing so, the Browns added a veteran presence through a rookie. Weeden is 28 years old and spent five years playing professional baseball in the minor league system of the New York Yankees organization after being a second-round pick out of high school.
After baseball, Weeden went back home to Oklahoma and enrolled at Oklahoma State, where he won the starting quarterback job in 2010 and finished his career with 15 school records, including marks for the most passing yards in a game and half, touchdowns passes in a season, career passing touchdowns, and career passing yards.
During his time in Stillwater, Okla., Weeden completed 766 of 1,102 passes for 9,260 yards and 75 touchdowns.
“Instead of waiting and rolling the dice just a little bit and seeing another way to go, we said, ‘Let’s not run the risk and take Brandon at the 22nd pick,’” Browns President Mike Holmgren said of drafting Weeden. “We’re very excited to have him. How he’s different than all the other quarterbacks that were drafted ahead of him or behind him is his age and maturity. He has the potential, I think, to play well sooner because of that than other quarterbacks in the draft.”
During the Browns’ organized team activities and minicamp practices, Weeden worked with a variety of lineups and experience levels.
“I’ve come a long way from day one, even at rookie minicamp, and just getting adjusted to what we do offensively,” Weeden said. “I’m starting to get comfortable, get acclimated with what we’re doing and I feel really comfortable, a lot more comfortable than the first day I stepped on this field. I think that comes with reps; the more reps I get, the better off I’ll be.”
McCoy started 13 of the Browns’ 16 games in 2011 before missing the last three due to a concussion he suffered from a helmet-to-helmet hit from Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison in a 14-3 loss at Heinz Field Dec. 8. It was the first time since 2007 that a Browns quarterback started double-digit games.
Having McCoy start 13 games gave the Browns the consistency they have struggled to find at the quarterback position. The last Browns quarterback to start all 16 regular season games was Tim Couch in 2001. Couch led the Browns to a 7-9 record and set the tone for a playoff run in 2002.
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McCoy and Wallace.
In 13 starts last year, McCoy completed 265 of 463 attempts (57.2 percent) for 2,733 yards and 14 touchdowns against 11 interceptions. He was sacked 32 times for 173 yards, but still carried a 74.6 quarterback rating.
During his two seasons with the Browns, McCoy has started 21 games, completed 400 of 685 attempts for 4,309 yards and 20 touchdowns with 20 interceptions. He has been sacked 55 times for 305 lost yards.
Wallace started the final three games of the year for the Browns when McCoy was injured against the Steelers. He completed 55 of 107 attempts (51.4 percent) for 567 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. His longest pass of the year was a 76-yard touchdown strike to rookie wide receiver
It was the Browns’ longest offensive play of the season.