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Shurmur sees progress from Weeden

Posted Nov 2, 2012

Browns coach Pat Shurmur has seen improvement from first-year quarterback Brandon Weeden.

Cleveland Browns coach Pat Shurmur is pleased with the strides that Brandon Weeden has made as a rookie quarterback in the NFL.

Since starting the season with a four-interception game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Weeden has thrown nine touchdowns and six interceptions. In the last seven games, he has completed 143 passes for 1,794 yards.

“We’ve seen the improvement in Brandon that he needs to make," Shurmur said.

On Sunday, Weeden will make his second career start against the Ravens, when Baltimore comes to Cleveland Browns Stadium. Earlier this year, Weeden completed 25 of 52 attempts for 320 yards with an interception in a 23-16 loss in Baltimore on Sept. 27.

The Browns are one of five NFL teams to start a rookie quarterback this season.

Indianapolis' Andrew Luck, the top overall pick in April’s draft, has started from Day One, as has Washington's Robert Griffin III, selected one spot behind Luck.

Ryan Tannehill has started for the Miami Dolphins and Russell Wilson earned the first-team job over free-agent signee Matt Flynn in Seattle.

Through the first half of the season, all five rookie quarterbacks have experienced some struggles along with success.

"I don’t think any of them have played perfect games," Shurmur said. "I would imagine each coach would say they’re seeing improvement from their guys. Each team is different. Each situation is so different.

“You’ve just got to continue to improve and work. Some of the things around you, you can’t control. What you can control is how you play and lead your team."

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