This might be good news for the Dallas Cowboys considering quarterback Brandon Weeden’s career has nowhere to go but up.
The team’s quarterbacks coach, Wade Wilson, had some glowing comments about its backup quarterback following several offseason workouts.
“I think he’s (Weeden) probably the most improved player,” Cowboys quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson said, via ESPN.com. “He just has a great understanding of the concepts, of the protections, calling the plays, all those things. He’s made a big jump this year.”
Normally a quarterback entering his fourth season is expected to make that jump in his career. The issue with taking anything of substance out of Wilson’s comments is the fact that Weeden is going to turn 32 during his fourth season this upcoming fall. If he hasn’t taken that next step, it’s hard to believe he ever will.
A first-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2012, Weeden was waived by the team after just two seasons and 20 starts. During that span, the Oklahoma State product tallied 23 touchdowns compared to 26 interceptions en route to leading the Browns to a 5-15 record.
Dallas made the decision to take a chance on Weeden last offseason after former backup quarterback Kyle Orton left the team. In five games (one start) with the Cowboys last season, Weeden threw for 303 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions.
In talking about how he feels he’s performed thus far this offseason, Weeden had this to say:
“It’s just a comfort thing. Now I can really fine tune what we’re doing because I’m not having to go home to study for three hours just learning plays and calling plays and doing all that. Now I can out and fine tine what I want to do, work on reading defenses, work on understanding everything versus just making sure I don’t screw the first part of it up. I appreciate that from Sticks (Wilson). That’s a good comment because I busted my ass. I’ve worked so hard this offseason, training wise, throwing wise to put myself in position.”
With Romo entering his 12th season in the NFL and after having some major back issues in the past, Dallas has to hope Weeden will be able to play should its Pro Bowl quarterback go down for an extensive period of time in 2015.
The good news here is that Romo, who was pretty much a spectator during the team’s offseason activities last summer after undergoing back surgery, is 100 percent and ready to go for training camp.
The better news is that Weeden appears to be more comfortable in the offense right now. If Romo were to go down for an extensive period of time, at least Jason Garrett and company may have a capable backup ready to win a game or two in a pinch.
Though, based on Weeden’s previous performance, that might be a little too much to ask.
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