Dez Bryant is a great receiver and it’s in his best interest to pump up anyone who has the potential of throwing him a football in the NFL, but this is ridiculous. Maybe he meant on the golf courses of Cleveland? Brandon Weeden joined the Cowboys this off-season and Dez Bryant spoke with the Dallas Morning News about the former Browns QB.
“He’s been doing an outstanding job since he got here,” Bryant told the Dallas Morning News. “In my honest opinion, I feel like he was doing some great things out in Cleveland.”
Now, obviously it’s easy to understand why Dez Bryant would talk so glowingly about Brandon Weeden, as I said in the open. And we’ve seen it a hundred times in Cleveland with the likes of Charlie Frye and Colt McCoy in addition to Brandon Weeden. I remember watching the national publications come to training camp to excitedly tell the story of Colt McCoy as he headed into his second year in the league having been named starter of the Cleveland Browns.
Still, it’s tough to stomach anyone praising Brandon Weeden and his history in the NFL. The fact is that Brandon Weeden’s reign in Cleveland has me questioning the very value of judging quarterbacks in practice conditions during training camp. Weeden passed every eye test imaginable last year during camp. He looked far and away like the best quarterback on the Browns roster, including Brian Hoyer and Jason Campbell. It just so happens that you don’t get to play quarterback in live NFL games at three fourths speed with only seven defenders running vanilla defenses against you.
So, we’ll see if there’s anything to Brandon Weeden’s NFL career with a change of scenery, but I’m not buying the OTA observations of Dez Bryant. I’ve been fooled by that look before.