Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback
Weeden’s adjustments worked as he completed 26 of 37 attempts for a Browns rookie record of 322 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. In his NFL debut, Weeden completed 12 of 35 throws for 118 yards with no touchdowns and four interceptions.
“It’s been very good,” Browns coach Pat Shurmur said of Weeden’s preparation. “I mentioned his preparation was really good in Week One as well. There were just things he got better at in Week Two. I thought he had a good week at practice.
“I’m anticipating that he will have another good game. We’re driving him to present good consistent play each week.”
One of Weeden’s two touchdowns against the Bengals came on a checkdown to running back
Later in the Bengals’ game, Weeden tossed a 24-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver
“We like throwing slants,” Shurmur said. “It’s a primary route in our offense. I think he can make all the throws.
“I think he throws an accurate ball on the slant route. Again, it’s like anything, the timing of it is important. If the receiver is bumped, the timing changes a little bit. Then, each receiver runs it just a little bit different, although you coach it the same way. It’s just like any route, you get used to who you’re throwing to.”
RELYING ON CAMERON
Veteran Browns tight end
On Friday, Shurmur was asked about Cameron’s ability to block, something the second-year tight end has worked on since the start of the offseason program.
“I think he’s a good blocker,” Shurmur said of Cameron. “I think he’s developing into a blocker that you need to be in this league. Yeah, I feel like he can block.”
COMBATING THE BILLS
Under the direction of head coach Chan Gailey, the Bills run what several Browns defensive players have termed as an “unconventional” offense that is similar to a spread scheme utilized in the college game.
“Regardless of the personnel they put on the field, they do a good job of keeping the field wide, so that there’s room to run the ball and room to throw the ball as well. I think it’s typical of a lot of teams that you play, but I think they do a nice job on offense,” Shurmur said.
“I think you’ve got to look at the personnel that you have, and what you’re comfortable doing. I don’t know any disadvantages if the quarterback will get the ball out and you find a way to run the ball with efficiency.”
WORKING TO GET BACK
Defensive back and special teams standout
“He’s had a really good week of practice,” Shurmur said. “Where he’s kind of made his mark around here is on special teams. He’s had a good week of practice.”