The Cleveland Browns aren’t committing to 2012 first-round
draft pick Brandon Weeden as their starting quarterback, leaving the door open
for veteran backup Jason Campbell. As a result, Mary Cabot Lodge of The Plain
Dealer says talks of Campbell receiving a legitimate shot at winning the
starting gig is more than lip service.
Lodge adds that the Browns are hesitant to call Weeden their
starter behind center because they want to give Campbell a real shot at winning
the job. Weeden has run with the first team early this offseason, but the
comments of head coach Rob Chudzinski following the NFL Draft seem to indicate
that it’s going to be an open competition.
"I feel good about the group. How all that plays out,
we'll see and know in time. I'm excited about Brandon and the progress he's
made thus far, learning the system to the point we are right now, which is
still very early. I've also been pleased with Jason [Campbell] and the role
he's taken on being there. We want to give these guys every opportunity to
succeed and give Brandon, since you are asking about him specifically, every
opportunity to succeed."
Though just a year removed from being a top pick, Weeden was
selected under a different regime. For this reason, it will be easier for the
new coach and general manager to cut ties with him, or at least hand the
position over to someone else if they feel it provides the team a better chance
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