Browns vs Packers: Brandon Weeden and Other Players to Watch in Preseason Tilt

Sam R. Quinn@SamQuinn_Senior Analyst IIIAugust 16, 2012

DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 10: Brandon Weeden #3 of the Cleveland Browns checks with the bench during the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on August 10, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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There wouldn't be much to note in a regular season matchup between the Green Bay Packers and the Cleveland Browns, but there are numerous things to key in on when the two teams meet in the second week of preseason games.

The Packers have most of their personnel questions answered heading into this game, but the Browns still have plenty of work to do at some positions.

Brandon Weeden has been tabbed as the team's starting quarterback in his rookie season, so he will certainly be the center of attention when the two teams meet on Thursday night at 8 p.m. ET.

Here we will key in on Weeden and other players that you should be watching in Thursday's matchup.


Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns

Brandon Weeden is a rookie but has plenty of football experience at 27 years old.

The Browns gave up on Colt McCoy and named Weeden their starter, but it didn't go so well for the former Oklahoma State Cowboy. The No. 22 overall pick played limited time and finished by going 3-of-9 for 62 yards, threw an interception and fumbled.

His struggles could be attributed to him taking a little while to get in the groove and figure out the offense, but the fact of the matter is that Weeden needs to get better if Browns fans are going to be comfortable with him as their starting quarterback.

According to The Coshocton Tribune, Weeden and the Browns starters will play approximately two quarters against the Packers. That will give him a chance to work out the kinks and let the NFL know he has arrived.


Nick Perry, Green Bay Packers

The Packers' first-round pick, Nick Perry, made some noise in his debut against the San Diego Chargers last week.

He didn't see a ton of time on the field, but he notched three solo tackles and a sack against a respectable Chargers team.

At USC, Perry showed that he can defend the run and rush the quarterback, as he posted 54 tackles and 8.5 sacks in his final season. He is well on his way to proving that he can carry that ability over to the NFL in his rookie season.

If Perry turns into a force on the outside for the Packers, it would change the entire dynamic of the defense.


Montario Hardesty, Cleveland Browns

Montario Hardesty doesn't figure to be the Browns' starting running back once Trent Richardson returns from his knee injury, but he'll be filling in for the former Alabama running back on Thursday.

It may take a little while for Richardson to return to form, so Hardesty might have to shoulder some of the workload at the early part of the season.

Last season, Hardesty rushed 88 times for 266 yards in 10 games. He will have to improve on those numbers if the Browns need him to take an increased role.