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QB competition still open

August 13, 2013 - Mike McLain
CLEVELAND -- Browns coach Rob Chudzinski threw a curveball at the media Tuesday when he said that the quarterback competition remains close two days before the second preseason game.

It was assumed that Brandon Weeden is the clear starter. He's been more impressive than Jason Campbell and Brian Hoyer by a longshot.

The news had to come as a surprise to Weeden and Campbell. Weeden has taken every snap with the first-team offense. There's no way a quarterback gets all the snaps with the ones and starts the preseason opener without the intention of starting him in the opener.

This seems to be an organizational decision to do the reverse of last year when former coach Pat Shurmur named Weeden the starter before the first preseason game. The announcement came as a shock to Colt McCoy, who finished the 2011 season as the starter.

There's little doubt that Weeden will start Sept. 8 at home against the Miami Dolphins.

“I’m confident I’m going to be (the starter),” Weeden said. “I also have to prove to the guys upstairs that I am the guy. The only way I can do that is to continue to play well and keep continuing to get better."

In other news Tuesday, Chudzinski announced that running back Trent Richardson will start against the Lions and play for a couple of series. It will be Richardson's first-ever appearance in a preseason game. He missed all four games last season recovering from knee surgery, and he sat out the opener this year with a sore shin.


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