Brandon Weeden beats out Jason Campbell for Browns QB job
After two impressive preseason outings, Brandon Weeden has won the starting quarterback job in Cleveland, multiple outlets report.
Weeden was battling with veteran Jason Campbell, who becomes the backup.
“Brandon has earned this job,” head coach Rob Chuzkinski said Tuesday, per Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “He’s gained my complete trust. I felt like the timing was right.”
Weeden, 29, was a first-round pick by the Browns in 2012, but the regime that selected him — General Manager Tom Heckert and head coach Pat Shurmur — has since been replaced. He’s performed well in new coordinator Norv Turner’s vertical passing scheme, averaging 9.2 yards per attempt thus far. The 31-year-old Campbell started one game for the Bears last season.
Weeden struggled mightily as a rookie, throwing more interceptions (17) than touchdowns (14) while completing 57.4 percent of his passes, 27th in the NFL.
In two preseason starts with the Browns, Weeden has completed 18 of 25 passes for 229 yards and three touchdowns.
Barring injuries, five 2012 NFL Draft picks will open the 2013 season as the starting quarterback.