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In 2012, the Cleveland Browns' Brandon Weeden was the forgotten rookie quarterback among a class that included Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson, who all helped lead their respective franchises to the playoffs. While Weeden broke his team's rookie passing yardage record, his first year was considered mostly a disappointment.
Weeden completed 297 of his 517 passes last year, for 3,385 yards and 14 touchdowns to 17 interceptions. His less-than-stellar season can be blamed on a combination of his rookie status, an offensive system that didn't suit him and a slow build of chemistry with his receivers. This year, he has a better shot of turning things around, for himself and for the Browns.
Under new head coach Rob Chudzinski and offensive coordinator Norv Turner, Weeden should have plenty of opportunities to show off his strong arm in a passing game that is a better fit to his talents. Add in a heavy dose of running by Trent Richardson, and Weeden can be more efficient when he does throw the ball.
A confident, comfortable Weeden can help the Browns to a significant improvement in the win-loss record. And based on the offensive system and the emerging talent around him, he can make that leap this season.