Through the first few days of OTAs, quarterback Brandon Weeden has impressed his coaches and teammates.
The 22nd overall pick back in 2012, Weeden was picked up by Dallas this offseason after he was cut loose by the Browns. Now, with Kyle Orton and the Cowboys reportedly at an impasse--Orton has told the Cowboys he wants to retire, while the Cowboys have said they’re not a fan of that idea--it’s looking more and more likely that he’ll begin the season as Tony Romo’s backup.
“To hop in there and do as well as he did, I’ve been impressed,” said tight end Jason Witten, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “You can tell he’s an older guy, very mature, strong arm. Picked up on the offense really quickly. Kind of took charge of the group in there, called the plays. That’s hard to do on your first day, especially when guys are used to one man’s cadence and his voice. Thought he did a really good job. I’m excited to work with him. I think he feels like he’s got something to prove. Been a great offseason with him.”
The Cowboys’ new playcaller Scott Linehan had some high praise for Weeden, as well.
“He has two good years in the NFL now of experience and playing in a couple of systems. I think it really helped him,” Linehan said. “He’s in his third year. I think third years are really good years for quarterbacks to blossom and develop. He’s doing great. We’ve been really happy with what we’ve seen so far.”
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