Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner quelled a little of the Brian Hoyer-mania on Monday night and sounded as if he's counting on Brandon Weeden to be his guy in 2013. "Brandon is a one-year player in the NFL who did a lot more good things than people give him credit for," Turner said before his speech to the Akron Browns Backers banquet at Tangier Events Center. "I like his composure, the way he competes, he's worked awfully hard. He's got to be one of the hardest-working guys on our team. So you look and say, 'Hey, you hope there's a big upside.' " Turner stressed that Weeden's woes and 5-10 record as a starter last season can be attributed to being a rookie surrounded by rookies. "What happened to Brandon, Brandon was in here with a very young group of guys," Turner said in his first remarks about Weeden since seeing him practice against the defense in organized team activities. "So when you have a lot of young guys and they're trying to feel their way together, it's hard. All those guys having a year together, including Brandon, will help him a great deal." Turner also threw a little water on the notion that Hoyer, a native of North Olmsted and St. Ignatius grad, is being brought in to potentially challenge for a starting role. Hoyer, 27, signed his two-year deal on Friday and will be on the field Tuesday for the second week of organized team activities. "I think there have been more stories written about Brian Hoyer being a Brown over the last four months than probably any player in history," Turner said. "He was released. He was available. He's a guy that has been with some good teams in backup situations. He's played very little football, but I do think we like his skill set." Turner stressed it's difficult to assess the quarterbacks after only three days of OTAs, but he likes the group. "I think we have three talented guys," said Turner, who was asked specifically about Weeden, Campbell and Hoyer. "We have a vastly different group of guys. Jason's played nine years in the league. He's proven he can win in this league. When he's been with good teams, he's played better than when he's been with bad teams. And then with Brian, you've got a guy that's been a backup in some good situations. He really hasn't played enough to know where he's at, and we like the way he throws the ball. We like a lot of things about him."
Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner likes what he's seen from quarterback Brandon Weeden
Cleveland Plain Dealer | May 21