Report: Brandon Weeden will likely be Cleveland Browns starting quarterback

Wednesday June 6th, 2012

Brandon Weeden could reportedly be named the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns before training camp. (Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Brandon Weeden, the rookie quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, could supplant Colt McCoy as the starter before training camp, or  "sooner rather than later," according to Browns coach Pat Shurmur, as reported by Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer on Wednesday:

He said the competition is playing out here much like it did in St. Louis in 2010, when he said they named No. 1 overall pick Sam Bradford the starter at the beginning of training camp.

Once we've made the decision that's the deal, I think you want to try to -- if you know that he's going to be your guy, then make it happen so everybody gets comfortable working with that guy all the time.

Ideally we'd have a starter now. Teams that are going into this offseason with a starter, that's the most ideal situation. But when you have new players that you really like -- that's why you picked them -- you just need to see them come in and do it before you make that move.

Shurmur said that Weeden is creating good chemistry with the receivers in case he's named a starter, reported Cabot.  She also said that Weeden is getting first team reps in practice while McCoy is going second.

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