Houston Texans positional breakdown: Quarterback
By Randy Gurzi
The Backup: Brandon Weeden
Poor Brandon Weeden has pretty much become a punchline in NFL circles, but it really isn’t his fault. The former first-round pick has been put in some rough situations and has taken the heat for those situations.
Weight: 228 pounds
Completion percentage: 61.3
Record as a starter: 6-19
After being picked 22nd overall in 2012, Weeden became the oldest player (28 years old) taken in the opening round. He was then handed the keys to the Cleveland Browns franchise, and a lot was expected and it was expected quickly.
As has always been the case in Cleveland, the QB didn’t work out, and everyone blamed Weeden despite the dysfunction around him. So naturally, he was released and wound up in Dallas.
There he took over for Tony Romo, who broke his collarbone. He was expected to hold down the fort while Romo was out without receiver Dez Bryant (who was injured) and with Joseph Randle behind him at running back.
Needless to say, that didn’t work either, and again he was released. He then found his way to Houston and within a month was integral in the team winning for the first time in Indianapolis and he even won his lone start for the Texans against the Titans, and he played rather well in that game.
Fans hope that Weeden sees most of his action during the preseason as he is the clear cut backup to Osweiler, and should only see the field in mop-up duty or in case of injury.
Season prediction: 150 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception
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