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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Browns Quarterback Derby

The Cleveland Browns signed QB Brian Hoyer this past week to a two year contract, which brings the number of QBs in camp to four. They are building up there QB stable in an effort to push Brandon Weeden to bigger and better things in 2013. What follows is a capsule look at each player.


     Contestant number one is Brandon Weeden, last year's starter. Weeden, who was taken at number 22 in the 2012 draft, was basically handed the job because he was a first round draft choice, and nor necessarily because of how well he played in training camp and pre-season games. Weeden went on to lead the Browns to a 5-11 record and another last place finish in the AFC North. In 2012 he completed 297 of 517 passes for 3385 yards and a 57.4 completion percentage. He tossed 14 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. In my opinion he was not worth the 1st round pick that was used on him, especially when the team had other needs to fill.

     Introducing contestant number 2, Mr. Jason Campbell, who last played for the Chicago Bears in 2012. Campbell a first round selection (25th overall) of the Washington Redskins back in 2005 has also spent time with Oakland and Chicago. In 52 games with the Redskins, all starts, he compiled a 20-32 record, completed 1002 of 1637 passes for 10,860 yards, and a 61.2 completion percentage. He also threw 55 TDs and 38 interceptions. In 19 games with the Raiders, 18 starts, he managed an 11-7 record, completed 294 of 494 attempts for 3557 yards and a 59.5 completion percentage. He also threw 19 TDs and 12 picks. In 6 games with the Bears, 1 start, he was 0-1, completed 32 of 51 passes for 265 yards and a 62.7 completion percentage. He also threw 2 TDs and 2 picks. In 77 career games, 71 starts, he has compiled a 31-40 record, completed 1328 of 2182 attempts for 14,682 yards and a 60.9 completion percentage. He has thrown 76
touchdowns to 52 picks. While these numbers are not awe inspiring, they are better than anything we have had in Cleveland in a while. Look for Campbell to be a serious threat for the starting job.

     Thaddeus Lewis, last year's number 3 QB is also in the mix, but not seriously. In 2 years with the Browns, he has participated in one regular season game, a start in the final game of 2012 vs Pittsburgh. In  that game he completed 22-of 32 attempts for 204 yards and a 68.8 completion percentage, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Even though he has been with the team for two years, I look for him to be expendable.

     The final contestant is Brian Hoyer, recently signed to a 2 year contract and a Cleveland native. In his career he has spent time with Arizona, Pittsburgh and New England. In 15 career games, 1 start, he is 0-1, has competed 57 of 96 passes for 616 yards and a 59.4 completion percentage. He has thrown 2 TDs and 3 picks. i feel that Hoyer will displace Lewis as the third stringer, behind Campbell and Weeden in whatever order those two end up.

     The QB competition will be the most closely watched battle on the team, again, and although I feel Weeden will probably win the job, look for Campbell to pose a serious threat.   

By
Kevin Clarke
@kcfootballtalk

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