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Weeden's work ethic impresses Turner

Posted Sep 5, 2013

Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner has been impressed by the work quarterback Brandon Weeden has put in since the start of the offseason program in April.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden set two franchise records during his rookie season of 2012, but when he returned to the facility in April for the start of the offseason program, the second-year signal-caller came in with the desire to improve.

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.”

As a rookie, Weeden completed 297 of 517 attempts for 3,385 yards and 14 touchdowns against 17 interceptions. He threw for the most yards by a Browns rookie quarterback and the 10th-most in team history, as well as the seventh-most in league history by a first-year player. He was second among NFL rookie quarterbacks in passing yards, passing first downs (168) and completions of 20 or more yards (48).

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.”

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