As expected, #browns Weeden up first in drills at OTAs.
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) May 16, 2013
I probably should have warned you to sit down before this, though I’m not really sure why you were standing. Consider this news broken.
Nothing is shocking here, and as Mary Kay Cabot quite rightly notes (and we’ve joined her in that noting, because we note things), Brandon Weeden has always been expected to begin the offseason and training camp atop the Browns’ quarterback depth chart, and ideally stay there.
But we’ll be observing all matters related to fantasy-relevant position battles throughout OTAs and into August, and you should still make a mental check mark somewhere after this delightful little nugget.
Weeden was, at best, frustrating and inconsistent during his rookie year while completing 57.4 percent of his pass attempts, and throwing more picks (17) than touchdowns (14). But this is the part where I remind you that the combination of Rob Chudzinski and Norv Turner could be just the tonic he needs due to their vertical ways. More pleasant, sailing long lobs that flicker in the sunlight and land in Josh Gordon’s hands, please.
There will still be a competition of sorts between Weeden and Jason Campbell, but Campbell is really just a body, and a warm one. So stash Weeden low, and in some deep basement of all preseason fantasy rankings. Then keep him high on a waiver wire watch list early in the year as you remember that he’ll be under the same leery/weary eye of a guy who made Derek Anderson a Pro Bowler in 2007 when he passed for 3,787 yards with 29 touchdown passes and 19 interceptions. Chud the best.
Also, think about that for a second. Derek Anderson was a Pro Bowler.
I may have to go home for the day now.