As a local market representative and league manager of one of 16 teams invited to be a part of Crown Royal’s inaugural Fantasy Football League dubbed “First and Crown,” I will be using this spot every Sunday before the Browns kick off against their respective opponent to tell you who we’ll be watching during this week’s contest.
This Week’s Spotlight: Brandon Weeden, QB
@WFNYScott Unfortunately the player to watch is Weeden. Can he successfuly manage the game or will he throw it away (literally)?
— Phil Hates TSUN! (@Kildawg) December 1, 2013
Despite our attempts to not duplicate the Spotlight this season, the Cleveland Browns front office has paved the way to today: Though seven-point favorites against a woeful Jacksonville Jaguars team, quarterback Brandon Weeden is once again a subject of this very space. Though it can be argued at last Sunday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers was well in place before Weeden took the field, the quarterback’s inability to move the ball until garbage time was officially underway merely cemented the outcome.
In seven games played (five starts) within a more-favorable offense, Weeden has somehow managed to regress in every single way imaginable. He’s completing six percent fewer passes, averaging half a yard fewer per attempt, and has a passer rating that has decreased six points. There are literally no redeeming qualities to Weeden starting this afternoon save for the fact that his current back-up has never thrown a pass in an NFL regular season game.
There is an interesting dynamic at play this Sunday as the Browns are jockeying for a position in the upcoming NFL Draft, doing so in hopes of drafting a replacement for the very man taking the field under center today. Weeden has all but admitted that he will not be sporting an orange helmet next season, but if he wants a crack any job bordering on respectable, he will have to show that he’s worthy of a low-risk contract by amassing a solid-if-not-spectacular game against the third-worst defense (on a points-per-game basis) in the NFL. A win under Weeden looks good for the quarterback; a loss only makes replacing him that much easier. The ball is in his court. It’s tough to find any fan in Cleveland who has faith in No. 3. Can he prove everyone else wrong?
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