Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/5/12

Rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden opened the Browns' minicamp with the first-team offense after rotating with Colt McCoy during the team's six OTA practices.

However, coach Pat Shurmur still won't get dragged into a conversation about who is ahead or who he expects to win the starting job.

"I think philosophically you install the offense for all of the players and the benefit of the way we are doing it now is you are getting a chance to install it, add to it and then go back and repeat it," Shurmur said. "I think (Weeden) is like every other player on offense. There are things he has to learn and the more he hears it, the better he will get."

Weeden, who spent the second week of OTAs running the first team, said he is "leap years farther along" than he was when the offseason program began.

"I think even through rookie minicamp, where I'm at right now is that I look like two totally different quarterbacks in my footwork. You can tell I'm processing stuff a little bit faster and I'm not thinking quite as much.

"Yeah, I'm going to make mistakes, but what I take a lot of pride in is if I do make a mistake, like I threw a pick today. It was just a miscommunication between me and (Joshua) Cribbs, I thought he was coming back down the stem where he was coming inside. I won't make that same mistake again and if I do, shame on me, but I'm getting a lot more comfortable as we go along."

While he appears to be the front runner for the starting job, Weeden said he's simply focused on getting comfortable with the offense and improving leading into training camp.

Shurmur was pleased to have full participation on Tuesday, including kicker Phil Dawson, who skipped the voluntary part of the offseason program after being designated as the franchise player. The Browns' second all-time leading scorer signed his one-year, $3.8 million tender, and said he hopes to finish his career with the team.

"I'd like to. I really would," Dawson said. "I'm not thinking about my career being over at this point, but it just doesn't make a whole lot of sense to go play somewhere else. So, we'll see what happens. I've told you guys before I'm not very good at predicting the future, but I'm just going to go to work like I always do and hope that things get worked out."

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