Brandon Weeden learning from Romo in quest for backup job

Brandon Weeden learning from Romo in quest for backup job

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Dec 1, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden (3) warms up before the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

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by LANDON HAAF

WFAA Sports

Posted on June 3, 2014 at 4:00 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 3 at 12:04 AM

Tony Romo has been limited in organized team activities as he continues rehab after offseason back surgery, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t having an impact.

The backup quarterback position on the Cowboys’ depth chart is in a strange purgatory with Kyle Orton’s obnoxious and seemingly unprecedented want-to-retire-but-still-get-paid-for-it approach. As a result, Brandon Weeden has been getting the majority of the snaps in organized team activities.

Weeden, entering his third year as a pro, is trying to learn as much from the veteran starter as he can.

“I’ve been picking away with questions - I’m sure he thinks I’m getting on his nerves,” he said. “I’m just trying to get a feel for the way he thinks, why he does things. I’d be crazy not to take everything I can from him.”

Weeden has seen his role on the NFL playing field dwindle from highly-touted rookie starter to a competition for a backup job. For him, OTAs are about earning the trust of those around him.

“That’s what each guy in this locker room is doing, especially myself,” he said. “First and foremost, gain respect of the guys in the huddle, and then obviously the coaching staff, that they can put me out there on Sunday and we won’t go backwards.”

During his time in Cleveland, the Browns won just nine games, losing 23. For a quarterback who won 23 games in two years at Oklahoma State, not winning football games at the next level taught him to overcome adversity. He said that experience will help him in Dallas.  

“Just eliminate the bad and take advantage of the good,” he said.

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