Brandon Weeden earns praise, changes mind of ESPN's Ron Jaworski

Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

ESPN NFL analyst Ron Jaworski believes that Cleveland quarterback Brandon Weeden's recent play has earned the rookie a future with the Browns.

ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski doubted the Cleveland Browns' decision to start Brandon Weeden to begin the season, but in a conference call on Tuesday, he said that he's seen significant improvement in the rookie.

"If he buys in, if he listens, he will continue to improve," Jaworski said. "And, he has gotten better. You watch him this week against Dallas (in a 23-20 overtime loss) . . . Were there some mistakes? Yes. But I also thought he made some terrific throws, as well."

(via Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Jaworski also said that he thinks "Weeden does have a future in Cleveland." Weeden has struggled at times this year, and he's third-to-last amongst all qualified QBs in passer rating and completion percentage. That said, he's been the focal point of Cleveland's offense with Trent Richardson banged up and in-and-out of favor with the team's coaching staff.

Among rookies, Weeden has thrown for the second most yards behind Andrew Luck and his 11/12 touchdown/interception ratio is on-par with Lucks' 12/12 number. Weeden's issue this season has been consistency: He's posted four games with a QB rating over 90.0, but he also four games with a QB rating under 60.0.

The Browns face the Steelers at home on Sunday.

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