Now, two weeks later, Jarret Brown is making quite the impression on his coaches and the fans watching him from the sideline.
Brown was a quality addition to the West Virginia Mountaineers for several seasons, but was not selected during the 2010 NFL Draft. He later signed with the San Francisco 49ers, only to be released before the regular season. Cleveland then signed Brown in January after their final game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Over the last two weeks, Brown has received much of the same criticism that he faced during his college career. Many NFL and college experts say that he has great mobility and arm strength, but lacks the accuracy of a quality NFL quarterback. However, early practice film shows that Brown may have improved on those accuracy issues that plagued him early in his career.
Brown has reportedly been a favorite of new Cleveland head coach Pat Shurmur, who praised him for his natural ability.
In an interview with Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer on August 10, Shurmur said "There's something natural about what he does, but you want to hold total judgment on this until you see him play in games."
The fans should get their opportunity to see Brown in action despite the team's decision to play their starters for one whole quarter on Saturday night. Brown will likely see action late in the second half, but should get his reps ahead of fourth-string quarterback,Troy Weatherhead.
Brown appeared in 38 games in his college career and collected nearly 3,000 yards through the air. However, Brown only threw 16 touchdown passes, versus 13 interceptions and was sacked a total of 29 times.