There was already some uncertainty surrounding Brandon Weeden’s job security after the team signed Jason Campbell in free agency, but now the Cleveland Browns quarterback competition got a little more interesting. Cleveland signed another quarterback that has potential to start, with the acquisition of Brian Hoyer, who was recently cut from the Arizona Cardinals.
Weeden addressed the move and he admitted that he was very surprised by the team’s decision to add even more competition.
“I was surprised, but that’s the nature of the beast,” Weeden said, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “It’s part of this business and if you start worrying about it, that’s too much to worry about. That’s my mentality going forward.
“You can’t play this position timid or [not] confident. You’ve got to be confident all the time. Once I got my head in this playbook and realized how good this system is and how good it fits the guys we have in place, it kind of made me excited and lit a fire under everybody to really want to take that next step including myself.”
Unfortunately for Weeden, it is becoming increasingly clear that the team is not 100 percent sold on him being their guy.
With any little stumble, Weeden will have to look over his shoulder and worry that his job is no longer safe. Both Campbell and Hoyer are capable of coming in to lead the Browns offense, so it will be interesting to see who emerges as the team’s starter for the season.
Weeden may have the lead, but you can never be too sure in today’s NFL.