The Cleveland Browns started OTAs this week and the starting quarterback was the man everyone expected. When the first-team offense rolled out on to the field, Brandon Weeden was the man under center. Weeden was expected to be the team’s starting quarterback, but there was some intrigue when they added Jason Campbell from the Chicago Bears to back up Weeden and provide some competition.
Cleveland is ready to roll with Weeden for this season, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if he was eventually pushed from his starting role.
Browns general manager Mike Lombardi was speaking with the media about the quarterback situation and he didn’t seem 100 percent committed to Weeden.
“Everything’s an evaluation,” Lombardi said. “We just have to keep going. Quarterback’s very important. I think Brandon’s a young player. It’s only his second year in the league. He’s got a great opportunity to demonstrate his talent. (Offensive coordinator) Norv (Turner) has been around some really good quarterbacks. Norv and Chud (head coach Rob Chudzinski) have been able to modify their system to utilize the talent level of the player.”
The coaching staff will ultimately decide who will run the team, but don’t expect any crazy developments over the next few months.
Weeden opened OTAs as the starter, he will open training camp as the starter and there is no reason to believe that he won’t open the season as the starter.