Armed with a new playbook, improved fundamentals and a season of NFL experience, Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden will enter training camp with some swagger.
“I feel like a completely different player,” Weeden, the 22nd overall pick in last year’s draft, said Monday at the team’s headquarters. “It’s knowing what to expect. I didn’t know anyone in the locker room [last year]. I didn’t know the routine. There are just so many unknowns. Now I’ve been in it for a year, and I know how the weekly routine goes, and I’ve got myself into a routine.
“I’m going to go out there with confidence. I’m not going to be timid. I’m going to go out there and play hard and leave it on the line and take the chances I did and always have. [I’m going to] throw the ball and throw the ball in tight windows and trust my arm. It’s hard to play this position when you are aiming throws and second-guessing throws. You have to play aggressive and be aggressive at all times.”
Weeden reported to camp Friday, along with rookies and some other veterans, and has been working on the field since Saturday. The Browns will hold their first full-squad practice of camp from 4-6:30 p.m. Thursday, and it’ll be open to the public.
Although Browns coach Rob Chudzinski listed quarterback as an unsettled position Monday, Weeden clearly is on track to secure the top spot on the depth chart for the second consecutive season.
Weeden will continue to take the reps with the first-team offense like he did in spring practices, Chudzinski said. Jason Campbell will work with the second unit, and Brian Hoyer will receive third-team reps.
Weeden believes he’ll capitalize on his new opportunity in the vertical, downfield passing game Chudzinski and offensive coordinator Norv Turner want to feature partly because of the work he has done this offseason. Weeden has shown better footwork this summer and displayed “big improvement” as a leader, Chudzinski said.