At age 29, Brandon Weeden isn’t your normal NFL rookie quarterback. This also isn’t your grandfather’s NFL.
When Weeden started week one, he became the first Browns rookie quarterback to do so. It would make sense that in the pass happy NFL of today, Weeden is on pace to break all kinds of Cleveland rookie passing marks.
“In his second career start, rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden threw for a Browns rookie record 322 yards at Cincinnati (9/16). He surpassed the previous mark of 310 set by Eric Zeier at Cincinnati on October 29, 1995. He later tallied 320 passing yards at Baltimore (9/27). Weeden is the only rookie in team history to throw for 300 or more yards multiple times in one season. He joined Derek Anderson (three in 2007) and Kelly Holcomb (two in 2002) as the only Browns to throw for 300 or more yards multiple times in a single season since the club returned in 1999. Through seven games this season, Weeden holds three of the top four Browns rookie single game passing yards records.”
MOST PASSING YARDS IN A GAME BY A BROWNS ROOKIE
Player Opp. Date Att. Comp. Yards
1. Brandon Weeden at Cin. 9/16/12 26 37 322
2. Brandon Weeden at Bal. 9/23/12 24 52 320
3. Eric Zeier at Cin. 10/29/95 46 26 310
4. Brandon Weeden at NYG 10/7/12 22 35 291
5. Colt McCoy at Pit. 10/17/10 23 33 281
Tim Couch currently holds the significant rookie QB season marks. In 1999 he came off the bench after halftime of the Browns’ opener and started 14 of the games that season. He threw for 2447 yards and 15 touchdowns. Kosar threw for 1578 yards his rookie year with 8 touchdowns and Colt McCoy finished with 1576 yards and 6 scores.
Weeden is currently on pace for 4075 yards and 20 touchdown passes.