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Browns' offense learning on job

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By Mike Wilkening

No one said it would be easy for the Browns’ offense. There will be moments where the attack's great youth will be difficult to miss. The rookie starting quarterback, Brandon Weeden, is trying to master the West Coast scheme — no easy task, and usually not a quick one. The rookie starting running back, Trent Richardson, is a little more than a month removed from arthroscopic knee surgery and still rounding into form. The Browns are very young at wide receiver, with their go-to target (WR Greg Little) still developing in his second NFL season and two rookies (Josh Gordon and Travis Benjamin) among the club’s top four wide receivers.

Weeden struggled mightily in his regular-season debut, throwing four picks and lacking accuracy. Leading up to Week Two, head coach Pat Shurmur publicly backed Weeden, who was named the starter before the Browns even played a preseason game. Offensive coordinator Brad Childress also noted that Weeden was ready to be an NFL starter.

"I don't feel like it's too big for him," Childress said. 

The way we hear it, there’s sentiment that if Weeden shows any reasonable amount of progress going forward, he’ll likely be safe in his job, with Colt McCoy the No. 2 quarterback and Thaddeus Lewis the third-stringer. Leading up to Week Two, one veteran evaluator familiar with Cleveland was quick to note that Weeden still had some upside, with his arm strength a plus. Moreoever, Weeden's accuracy could improve over time, as is the case with other young quarterbacks, the evaluator said. However, more certainly is expected of Weeden after a poor first start.

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