Cleveland Browns quarterback
Whether it was working to speed up his footwork while dropping back to throw a pass or eliminating his habit of patting the football when going through his progressions, Weeden impressed offensive coordinator Norv Turner.
“He’s worked awfully hard to absorb this system,” Turner said, “to learn it, to work on the physical things that he needs to do better, and to be successful, we all have to do our jobs at a high level, starting with me, the people he’s playing with, and then, he has to play at a high level.
“He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do. I think he performed at a nice level in the preseason. This is a totally different deal, and we, he, our offensive group is getting tested by an outstanding defense, a very physical defensive front. They’ve helped themselves in the secondary, so we’re all going to have to do our jobs at a high level.”
Weeden will begin his second NFL season when the Browns host the Miami Dolphins at FirstEnergy Stadium Sunday, and according to Turner, should have a better understanding of the game because he has “been through the process” before.
“It’s all about understanding the speed of the game, and then, the next thing is, hopefully, the people around you are getting better,” Turner said. “You’re adding people to the group, so you have the opportunity to play with more guys that are capable of playing at a high level.
“The fact that you’ve played at the competitive level that the National Football League has and the speed, the physicality of it and everything that goes into it, I think that is the thing that helps you get better.
“I think Brandon’s got the physical ability to play. I think he’s done the things we’ve wanted him to do. He’s made progress. Obviously, we want to see him go do it now.”