Looking to make a leap from a rather lackluster rookie season, Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden has reportedly been spending time with another pitcher-turned-pass-thrower in former NFL quarterback Chris Weinke.
In a feature written by The Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot, Weeden reportedly reached out to Weinke — now the director of the IMG football academy in Bradenton, Florida — to work on improving key area’s of the Browns’ quarterback’s game before the team gets together at the beginning of April.
“I’m very impressed with Brandon,” said Weinke of Weeden. “”In the short time I’ve worked with him, he’s an impressive guy and he has a huge upside.”
Weinke, a former farmhand for the Toronto Blue Jays, had a very successful collegiate career — including a Heisman trophy — before panning out after two seasons in the NFL. He has since worked with many NFL players including former No.1 draft pick Cam Newton who played under new Browns head coach Rob Chundzinski in Carolina. Weinke has also reportedly been working with impending draftees Geno Smith and Matt Barkley.
“We’re focusing on [Brandon’s] footwork, and he’s a gifted athlete,” said Weinke. “We’re trying to create that sense of urgency within his feet, which will obviously translate into getting rid of the ball quicker. He was very receptive and I’m excited to see what transpires over the next couple days.”