Browns hope Weeden is "the guy"

BRANDON WEEDEN Quarterback, Oklahoma State Weeden put up

BRANDON WEEDEN
Quarterback, Oklahoma State
Weeden put up huge numbers last season for Oklahoma State, throwing for 4,727 yards and 37 touchdowns. Weeden comes out of a pass-heavy offense at Oklahoma State and will be ready to throw the ball plenty in the NFL. If you go back and watch Weeden play last season, you’ll find that he throws a solid ball. He has zip on his passes and showed nice accuracy for the Cowboys. Weeden is 28 years old (he’ll turn 29 in October), having played minor league baseball before switching over to football. He’s not a first-round pick, but Weeden will be an interesting selection in the second or third round. Weeden could be a solid back up or a starter in the right situation.
(Credit: AP)

In the weeks leading up to last month's draft, the Browns gave every indication that Colt McCoy would remain the team's starter in 2012. 

But after selecting Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden in the first round of the draft, they're singing a different tune. 

Sorry, Colt. You're out. 

Barring an unexpected turn of events, it will be Weeden going into the season as the starter. 

"The best guy is going to play, and we fully expect Brandon to be that guy," general manager Tom Heckert told a handful of reporters before speaking last night at the Akron Browns Backers Banquet, per the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. "That's our goal, is to have him be the guy. You can write about it and talk about it however you want. But I think when we say 'open competition,' the best guy is going to play. That's the way it is, but we drafted Brandon Weeden to be that guy. You draft a guy 22nd in the draft, you think he's gonna be that guy."

If not? 

"If he's not, and Colt plays better or Seneca [Wallace], whoever, but right now that's our goal is to have him be the guy," Heckert said. 

McCoy won't give up without a fight, though, saying he's working harder than ever to show improvement and convince the coaches he should still be the starter. 

"Oh yeah, there was never really a question that when we drafted Brandon, I knew Colt was going to be working hard, and he was before that," Heckert said. "No, that's not a shock. That's the kind of guy Colt is."

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