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Week 2 performance, much better for Browns rookies
by Mark Neal,posted Sep 17 2012 2:44PM
As poorly as both Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden played last week for Cleveland, they equally shined yesterday. The rookies performances should help Browns fans feel better about the direction the team is in for the future. This team will not win a lot of games in 2012, but hopefully it will propel them into 2013.
Weeden was masterful yesterday. Regardless of what he says, he was overwhelmed by the Eagles game. The speed of the defense is just something you can't prepare for, until it's there, then wow! He didn't look like that on Sunday, bottom line. He didn't look befuddled, bewildered...just a beast. Weeden connected on 26 of 37 passes for over 300 yards and 2 scores. He also got the ball around, hitting 9 different targets. Weeden threw down field with success as well, completing many passes over 20 yards. One bad week, one good week...who is the real Brandon Weeden? We will find out soon. At least there is a good Weeden.
Richardson was tough too. He ran the ball with speed, showing it on his TD run, and power, showing that on basically every play. He is tough to bring down, requiring usually 2 Bengals to tackle the former Alabama All-American. He will bring stability to an offense that will continue to grow as a passing unit. New, young receivers riddle this roster. They will get older, and better soon. If the Browns can add a true #1 receiving thereat, pushing Greg Little, Josh Gordon, Travis Benjamin, etc down a step, this team will be scoring big soon.