Michael Lombardi will take time to study Brandon Weeden on film

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

The fate of Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden has been up in the air since Jimmy Haslam bought the team and brought in Joe Banner as CEO.

In fact, one of the first questions Haslem asked former president Mike Holmgren when he took over the organization was whether Weeden could play (Holmgren's answer was yes -- which shouldn't be surprising since Holmgren was the one who drafted Weeden).

When Rob Chudzinski was hired last week, his answer to a Weeden question was awfully noncommittal, and now that the Browns have brought in Michael Lombardi as the new VP of player personnel, Lombardi was asked about Cleveland's first-round pick from 2012. Lombardi called the Weeden pick a “panicked disaster” at the time.

“I think it's going to take some time to study him,” Lombardi said during his introductory news conference Friday. “I've got to go back through and watch practice tapes.”

While Weeden certainly didn't perform as well as fellow rookie quarterbacks Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson and Ryan Tannehill, Weeden wasn't a complete bust either. He completed 57.4 percent of his passes for 3,385 yards for 14 touchdowns and 17 interceptions, but he also had good moments and showed improvement throughout the season.

If the bar of rookie quarterback performances hadn't been raised so high by Luck, Griffin and Wilson, one might consider Weeden's rookie campaign a decent one.

But last month, Banner reportedly was “lukewarm” about Weeden, so yeah, Weeden should be worried about his job security. But what about receiver Josh Gordon, who Lombardi has bashed in the past at his old NFL Network job?

As for now? Lombardi said Gordon has nothing to worry about.

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