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Brandon Weeden Ready to Start Thursday

Tony Romo has been all but ruled out for the preseason opener against the Chargers

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    With Tony Romo all but ruled out for Thursday’s preseason opener against the Chargers, Brandon Weeden will most likely get the start for the Cowboys. Like he’s been doing all offseason, since being picked up as a Browns castaway in March, Weeden is looking to take advantage of the opportunity.

    “We want Tony to play all 16 games but if I’m thrown into the fire these are the guys I’m going to be communicating with and relying on both ways to get the job done,” Weeden said, per ESPN Dallas. “This is exciting but at the same time it’s important for me. I want to go out and play well and put together as many drives as we are out there and put together some successful drives.”

    Not surprisingly, Weeden is still working on developing a firm grasp on the offense. But he’s impressed the coaching staff through the offseason and the first two weeks of camp.

    “He’s had a real solid camp,” quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson said. “To me the best thing that he’s done is the no-huddle code word stuff. It’s similar to what he did in college. He’s adapting to the new system he’s here with now, but the hardest part for him is calling the play, the verbiage. A lot of that is new words and just getting the play called, there’s a lot of verbiage. But he’s very confident in what he’s doing. He’s throwing the ball extremely well. I’ve been very impressed.”

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