Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 9/6/12
BEREAThere are several Browns players who will make their NFL debuts on Sunday , including top picks pick Trent Richardson, Mitchell Schwartz and Josh Gordon. However, probably the biggest one will be the debut of quarterback Brandon Weeden, the 22nd overall pick from Oklahoma State. Weeden knows this is not the same stage as when he made his professional debut as a pitcher in the Yankees organization in Tampa in a class A game. I realize how big of a stage this is, and how important it is to this town and to the guys in the locker room, he said. This is the big leagues. This is the show. I dont think there was a person in the stands when I pitched my first game in Tampa when I was with the Yankees, he said. So Ive got a lot more on my plate, a lot more on my shoulders, but Im extremely excited to play this first one against Philly. Offensive coordinator Brad Childress said he thinks Weedens experience in baseball will help him because when you give up a homerun, you cant blame the shortstop. He never lets you see him sweat, Childress said. Hes wired the way you want him to be. Shurmur said he likes the way Weeden handles adversity. Thats one of the traits that you like to see in a guy thats very competitive, Shurmur said. You dont want a player thats going to reel. Weve seen it with quarterbacks and other players, how many times have you seen a guy make a mistake and then turn around and make another one? Theres something about the way these guys train themselves when you dont want to see that, he said. The fact that he can get rid of a mistake, because hes going to make a few Sunday, lets just face it. Every player out theres going to make a few. Now, theyve got to limit the ones they make, so that we can win. When you make one, youve got to get it correct, forget and move on. Childress said he hasnt seen anything that makes him think Weeden is over his head. Hes plenty smart, Childress said. Hes probably his own worst critic. It remains to be seen how he does over 16 games. Hes a tough enough kid. Shurmur says hes been around Weeden enough to feel he can handle to pressure of an NFL game. Ive seen him operate here in the off-season, Shurmur said. Ive seen him operate in training camp. Ive had a chance to interact with him on a daily basis for a very long time now. Im very confident that hes going to do a good job. Shurmur said hes seen the maturity in Weeden, despite being a first year player. I think theres a veteran presence there even though hes a rookie, which you need because sooner or later youre standing out there in the middle of the field, and its the crowd and the opponent and you have to make a play, he said. Theres just got to be something in you deep thats just going to help you do that. I think I see that. Shurmur said he has not seen the deer in the headlights look or rookie stare from Weeden. I think when you watch him play in practice there are times when hell make a rookie mistake, Shurmur said. I havent seen the rookie stare though. Thats a good phrase. Childress concurred. By all measures, this is the next step, he said. I think he has come along about as expected. Hes a flat line guy and you appreciate that. Weeden said the task at hand for the Browns isnt monumental, but they are going up against a very good team in the Eagles. Obviously, their defensive line is solid, he said. Youve got to get the ball out quick. But youve got to protect them. Thats really the moral of the story. In order to be able to win, youve got to be able to run the football and youve got to be able to throw the ball down field-- youve got to do the small things. Albeit the preseason, Weeden got a rude awakening when the Eagles pressured him the majority of the time he was in the game, causing a strip sack and fumble. But it all starts with protecting, especially with out front five, including our backs, he said. Obviously, theyre extremely fast off the football and their main objective is to hit me in the chin, so theyre good. Theyre great football players. Notebook Modells Passing: Former Browns owner Art Modell died early Thursday morning in Baltimore. Modell owned the Browns for 34 years before moving the team to Baltimore in November 1995. The Browns released a short statement on Modells passing: The Cleveland Browns would like to extend their deepest condolences to the entire Modell family. When I first came into the league, (Modell) was one of the owners that reached out to me, Mike Holmgren said. I knew David (Modell) and my heart goes out to the family. Holmgren said he was to interview with Modell in 1999 with the Ravens before he took the job with the Seahawks and Modell always teased him about that. Injury Report: Did not practice: OL Oniel Cousins (ankle), OL John Greco (calf), LB James-Michael Johnson (ribsoblique) Limited in practice: TE Jordan Cameron (groin), DB Eric Hagg (illness), QB Thaddeus Lewis (thumb), RB Chris Ogbonnaya (ankle), DB Dimitri Patterson (knee), DB Ray Ventrone (hamstring), TE Ben Watson (thigh) and DB Usama Young (thigh). Johnson, Greco and Cousins did not practice on Thursday. Jauron Wary of Vick: Defensive coordinator Dick Jauron said the defense will have a tough time trying to contain the weapons of the Eagles starting with QB Michael Vick. Not many people really ever have (contained him), Jauron said. Hes an extremely talented player, who can do it all. I believe you have to play your game. Hes going to make plays and hopefully you can limit him. Mike Holmgren said the other day that he was confident the defense would be alright despite missing several starters to start the season. That was nice of him to say that, Jauron said. Ill thank him when I see him. I dont make any plays. I like our guys. I like our staff a lot. I believe well be tested. Childress Appreciates Richardson: Offensive coordinator Brad Childress coached RB Adrian Peterson as a rookie and said the Browns are on a different path with Richardson due to his injury. However, he is looking forward to seeing him play. Hes gifted, Childress said. I dont think you get an appreciation and full measure until you see him in pads.
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