Brandon Weeden | Cleveland Browns | QB
2013 Experience: 2nd Season
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Fantasy Football Outlook: When looking at Brandon Weeden coming into his second season, I’m reminded of Alex Smith back in 2006. That year, Smith was coming into his second year, with Norv Turner as his new offensive coordinator and a second-year stud running back in Frank Gore, with a talented receiver to stretch the field (that year anyway) in Antonio Bryant.
Weeden, will have a similar situation as Turner comes to Cleveland with Trent Richardson running the football and Josh Gordon making plays down the field. While Jason Campbell should push Weeden in camp, I would consider it a huge upset if the veteran actually won.
Smith actually had respectable numbers in 2006 (only year with Turner in San Francisco), and in Weeden, I’m sure Turner see’s a quarterback he can mold. While he may not be the quarterback of the future, I think he can help the Browns improve on offense this year and play competitive football, once again.
We know what Campbell is, a respectable backup that needs excellent protection and quality chemistry with this receivers to make things work. Just go back to the Monday night game against the 49ers last year to see what happens to Campbell when he doesn’t get that help.
No, look to Weeden to win the starting job as he will give Cleveland more movement in the pocket (not much but more) better durability, and a higher ceiling of potential. Weeden isn’t afraid to make plays and as we saw on some long bombs to Gordon last year, and in college to Justin Blackmon, he has enough of an arm to make defenses pay on play action, which Turner uses in his offense.
Look to Weeden as a late round pickup in deep leagues, specifically in leagues with two starting quarterbacks. Cleveland will remain a run first offense as this team will rise or fall based on how well Trent Richardson and the defense can play.
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2012 Fantasy Football Outlook:
The Browns failed to move up to the second pick to land Robert Griffin III, but they did secure Trent Richardson with the third overall pick. Still, the Browns needed to bring in a quarterback who could unseat Colt McCoy, so they used their second first-round pick on Brandon Weeden from Oklahoma State.
We all know about how old Weeden is, so I’m not going to spend much time on his dynasty prospects. Draftniks have raved about Weeden’s arm-strength and his release but will he execute with a muddy pocket? Whatever the reason, Weeden didn’t face much pressure in college but with the Steelers, Ravens and Bengals (underrated defense), he will face it regularly at the pro level. I have no doubts about Weeden’s ability to stretch the field, and that will be a nice compliment, with defenses loading eight and sometimes nine in the box to stop Richardson.
Still, can he make the routine throws on short to intermediate routes, and can his young receiving core create enough separation to help him out? Add it all up and while I think Weeden can be the quarterback of the future; it’s going to be a bumpy ride.
Let’s hope Greg Little is primed for a breakout second year, because he could really be a great go to option for Weeden. Stay away from Weeden in redraft leagues, and only look to him as a late round, speculative pick in dynasty leagues.
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