There’s no question over who the number two quarterback will be going into the new season. What does remain to be seen though is just how much we’ll see of Brandon Weeden on the field this year. Tonight there will be no Tony Romo. It’s the first time we’ll see Weeden go to work behind a legitimate o-line. Anyone who’s read my previous articles will know I am not in camp Weeden, but I’m obviously willing him to prove me wrong!
Weeden’s had as many offensive co-ordinators and offenses as he’s had years in the league (three) and is already the most inexperienced backup for the Cowboys since Romo himself. Weeden is capable of making the throws, but what I need convincing on is his ability to command the offense and engage his brain when under pressure. Jason Garrett highlighted the need for Weeden to get out on the field.
“He just needs to takes snaps. He has a lot of natural ability. You can see that. He is really good throwing the football. He can throw any kind of ball you want him to throw. He just needs to take snaps, and to see him grow when he gets an opportunity to take snaps, make mistakes, make plays and learn from it all.”
Chemistry between Weeden at the receivers shouldn’t be an issue, after all he’s taken the vast number of snaps throughout camp. Behind the starting o-line, he should have all the time in the world to make a read and pick his throw. But on the occasions he’s not given that luxury, it’s important we still see an element of crisp, decisive play from Weeden. Should the Cowboys lose tonight naturally we’ll be written off as an 0-16 team but reality is pre-season is about seeing what the various guys can do as opposed to the score. Brandon it’s over to you.