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Brandon Weeden feels ready for the starting job

Brandon Weeden, Tom Heckert

Cleveland Browns first round pick quarterback Brandon Weeden, left, poses with general manager Tom Heckert at the NFL football team’s headquarters in Berea, Ohio Friday, April 27, 2012. Weeden was taken with the 22nd overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)


The Browns won’t have their rookies in for a minicamp for another week, but quarterback Brandon Weeden isn’t letting his distance from the team keep him from thinking about the year to come.

Weeden repeated what he said before the draft about how being 28 makes him more mature than other players and Weeden thinks that will help him transition to the NFL. While Weeden never went so far as laying claim to the starting quarterback job, he did say that he’s up to the task.

“I feel like I’m ready,” Weeden said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I have a long way to go, but I feel like I’ve taken the right steps to get to where I can play at that level. If I’m asked to be the guy day one, I’m going to do everything on my part to put our team in position to win games and score points. I’m really anxious to get going and the season will be here before you know it.”

The Browns haven’t given much indication about how playing time will shake out when the whole team gathers for work, but they didn’t use a first round pick on Weeden so that he could carry a clipboard. Whether it is because of Weeden’s ability, Colt McCoy’s father or some other combination of factors, Weeden’s going to be starting for the Browns sooner rather than later.