Brandon Weeden took the first reps at quarterback on Tuesday's opening of minicamp, followed by Jason Campbell and Thad Lewis, as coach Rob Chudzinski cautioned that it's only the beginning of Weeden's long journey to keep his starting job. "We're taking a look at it," said Chudzinski. "It's early in the process, just seeing what guys are taking from the meeting room out to the field. We'll work through that process. Campbell will get some reps with the ones as well along the way. But this is a long, long process and there's a long time between now and our opener. We've got plenty of time and this is just the first step." Chudzinski refused to be pinned down to a deadline. "We'll see how they do and how that works," he said. "I'm not going to put a date or a time that it has to be done by." Chudzinski's first day of minicamp was nine days before the start of the draft, three after he flew to Miami to work out West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith and one after the Browns hosted Florida State's E.J. Manuel. The Browns have also worked out Syracuse's Ryan Nassib and hosted Arizona's Matt Scott. Either the Browns are drafting their future starter at some point next week or they're spending a lot of time and money to make other teams think they are. "We've had the chance to work out a number of guys and all have gone well," said Chudzinski. "I'm not going to get too much into detail on those. I know that we're going to talk later on this week about some of the draft things." How has all of this QB talk affected Weeden? The previous regime pumped up Colt McCoy last off-season only to select Weeden with the 22nd pick. Some national analysts think the Browns will pounce on Smith at No. 6. But if it's making Weeden sweat, he's sure not showing it. "It's the nature of this business," he said. "There's always speculation. It's this time of year. We're however many days away from the draft, but I'm worried about me. I can't control the other stuff. I'm going to continue to learn this offense. I'm going to continue to get better as a player and grow from year one to year two."
Weeden opens minicamp as starter: 'This is biggest time of my career'
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Apr 17