Cleveland Browns quarterback
Weeden felt he put together two good days of practice on Thursday and Friday.
“Today, I felt really in-tune to what we’re doing, made the right reads,” Weeden said. “The one, Joe (Haden) made a great play on, but other than that, I learned from it. The next play, we were in it again and I checked it down for a first down. I made one mistake that I felt was an error, but I learned from it. Today was a really good day.”
“They made some great ones, back shoulder, double-move, double route moves and going up and making plays with a corner,” Weeden said. “That’s their strength, going up over guys and making plays on the body. They had a lot of them today.
“They get better every day and I’m so new, I’m still learning what they can do. It’s obvious, watching the tape from last year, when (Massaquoi) caught one in the back corner of the end zone was exactly what he did last year. I think he’s got a lot of ability. Greg Little is a great player. They’re guys that have a unique ability. It’s nice, as a quarterback, to have those guys as a weapon.”
When asked about Weeden finding a comfort zone in practice, Shurmur acknowledged his quarterback’s increasing development.
“All along, he’s been working with the guys he’s going to throw to,” Shurmur said. “The more you work with guys, the better you get a feel for one another and I think that’s starting to show because he’s not throwing the ball any better or worse. He’s just getting used to the guys he’s playing with and I think it’s shown up the last couple days.”
Weeden has been working on taking care of the football, especially in the red zone inside an opponent’s 20-yard line. He has been trying to hold possession of the football while testing the Browns’ cornerbacks, including third-year pro,
Haden intercepted six passes and defended 37 total attempts in two previous NFL seasons.
“He’s really damn good,” Weeden said of Haden. “He’s really good and it makes me better. I have to still go over there and throw at him and challenge. He needs it and I really need it. Having a guy like Joe out there to go up against our guys is good for our receivers and really good for me. He’s really damn good and he got me early on.”
Haden intercepted Weeden in practice earlier in training camp and the quarterback asked the defensive back about the play.
“I said, ‘Hey, Joe, what did you see there?’” Weeden recalled. “He said, ‘Well, you took a three-step drop and I saw the receiver.’ That’s how good he is. I threw that same, exact route on him the other day and I had to give him a look. You’ve got to mix up those looks a little bit.”