Weeden kicked off his NFL career on Friday evening against the Detroit Lions, and his respectable start to the game was sullied by a pair of drive-killing turnovers.
Weeden’s start was actually quite good. The former Oklahoma State Cowboy completed his first pass attempt of the night and then threw a beautiful deep ball to Travis Benjamin later in the drive that went for 34 yards.
However, things didn't go well from there.
The Browns' first possession culminated in a Weeden turnover. Weeden fumbled when Detroit’s Willie Young broke free and knocked him down with a viscous hit.
Then, on Weeden's third and final drive of the evening, his pass to Greg Little was picked off when Weeden placed the ball too far to the outside.
That interception ended Weeden's preseason debut, and he finished the night with an ugly stat line (3-of-9, 62 yards and 2 turnovers.)
Still, the Brown's shouldn't panic. Their first-round pick will be fine.
The 28-year-old has plenty of experience in dealing with adversity. After all, he didn't make it as a professional baseball player and still got picked in the first round of the NFL draft years later. So you know a bad preseason game won't even faze him.
Plus, he still has a cannon attached to his right shoulder, which will allow him to find success long term if he can even just marginally read defenses.
However, he does more than that. Weeden reads the field well, as he showed in his record-breaking seasons at Oklahoma State.
Really, the only pressing issue he has as a player is that he occasionally relies on his arm a bit too much and attempts to force balls in places where there isn’t enough space.
With that in mind, a bad performance against an elite Lions defensive line shouldn't concern the Browns.
Weeden still has all of the tools; he just didn't have the greatest start to the project.
And besides, it is the preseason after all. Nothing he does really matters until the games count in the wins and losses column come Week 1.
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