But after his impressive performances in the first two rookie minicamps for the Browns, it would seem that, so far, he is exceeding those lofty expectations and erasing any of the doubts that were out there regarding his abilities.
By displaying a deft touch and unleashing accurate downfield bombs to simply how he carries himself off the field, Weeden has looked unequivocally good. He made plenty of completions (which is to be expected), showing off his skills to new speedster wide receiver Travis Benjamin, and has drawn the praise of many media members.
However, the risk for exaggeration is huge. After all, this is football in May, and it’s being played in shorts and without pads. Any top-rated prospect is going to (hopefully) impress in a practice situation without any pressure. The real test for Weeden comes when he puts on the pads and begins facing his defensive teammates.
Until then, though, it’s worth basking in the glow of a pretty good start.