Just as soon as he was named the Cleveland Browns' starting quarterback, former Oklahoma State star Brandon Weeden will face one of the NFL's up-and-coming defenses Friday, courtesy of the Detroit Lions.
Preseason game or not, Weeden faces the daunting task of dodging the likes of Cliff Avril and Ndamukong Suh. Friday will be, perhaps, more a test for the Browns' offensive line than it will be for Weeden.
Never really a scrambler in college, Weeden relied heavily upon his arm to do the dirty work. He was a proficient pocket passer with a dash of fleet-footedness. He'll have to rev up his engine in his first NFL-level scrum.
Depending on the situations and scenarios, Suh and Avril probably won't play a ton of meaningful minutes Friday at Ford Field in Detroit. But, for as long as they're on the field, Weeden, a 28-year-old rookie, will be on his heels.
Welcome to the NFL, kid -- err, sir.
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