Weeden: 'This offense is exciting'

Posted Jul 3, 2013

Quarterback Brandon Weeden joined NFL Network’s “NFL AM” on Wednesday morning and talked about the exciting times with the Cleveland Browns organization.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden feels exciting times are on the horizon for the team.

Weeden spoke with the NFL Network’s “NFL AM” morning show on Wednesday and talked about being excited to work with offensive coordinator Norv Turner and the players he has surrounding him.

“Norv is obviously very great at what he does,” Weeden said. “Him coming in, me being the guy to be his next guy in line -- he’s developed some good quarterbacks -- I’m excited. This offense is exciting. We’ve got a lot of really good pieces in place at wide receiver and at tight end. This is an exciting time. We’re moving full-speed ahead. We had 16 great practices, and I’m looking forward to building on it come training camp.

“I’ve got a feeling for what needs to be done to play on a weekly basis. It’s a tough league, but after a year like we had last year, it motivated me to come back and be even stronger in year two.”

In addition to Turner, the presence of tight end Jordan Cameron is one of the reasons Weeden is excited about starting the 2013 season.

Cameron, who stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 245 pounds, caught 20 passes for 226 yards and one touchdown last fall. His lone touchdown reception was a five-yard score in the fourth quarter of the Browns’ 20-14 home victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 25.

“Jordan is one of the most athletic big guys I’ve ever been around in any sport. He’s extremely talented. He’s still learning the game. He’s a basketball player that has all the athletic ability in the world. He’s got great hands, is a great route-runner. He creates mismatches. You put a corner, you put a safety on Jordan, it’s a mismatch, and that’s what we like to do.

“I’m excited for Jordan. He’s going to be a great player for us. This offense fits him extremely well. It’s got to be exciting for him, and I know it’s exciting for me to throw it to a guy like that because he’s got big-play capability and I’m excited to see what kind of year he has.”

When he does not target Cameron or the other receivers with passes, Weeden will look to hand off to second-year running back Trent Richardson. Despite various injuries that prevented him from playing in the preseason or participating in much of training camp, Richardson rushed for 950 yards and 11 touchdowns on 267 carries last year.

He broke or equaled seven of the team’s rookie records.

“I expect him to have an even better year than he did last year,” Weeden said. “Trent was playing with (injured) ribs for eight weeks and still ran with the same mentality that he ran with when he was healthy.

“He’s a tough guy, a guy you want in your backfield, a guy you love to hand the ball off to as many times as you can because he makes your team better. He’s a good teammate, but he’s a heck of a football player. We need him to be healthy; we need him to be 100 percent. He’s a guy that can make an offense a lot better. I’m excited to have Trent back out there, and come training camp, he’ll be ready to go.”

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