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Can Brandon Weeden Rise to the Challenge?

Finally, some Dallas Cowboys news to get us ready for training camp – Kyle Orton has been released. You had to figure that was coming, didn’t you? I think for most fans this was inevitable. Orton didn’t attend any offseason activities or mini-camps, and he hinted at retirement.

When Brandon Weeden was first signed many people scoffed.

[pull_quote_right]I feel like I have something to prove[/pull_quote_right]They poked fun at his age and his time with the Cleveland Browns, being that of a first-round bust. Although many thought the pickup was a smart move because of the low-cost, or should I say no-cost, of the transaction. The way the contract was structured, this would be a free look at a guy who threw for 3,385 yards as a rookie for 14 TD’s and 17 Int’s. Well, from the looks of it, he’ll be your number two quarterback in Dallas this year and is that really a bad thing?

I liked the Weeden signing at the time but didn’t think the Cowboys would carry three quarterbacks for the year. He got tons of reps during the off-season and it’s a good thing he did. The coaches got to see him play and he got a feel for the players and some of the playbook. Good thing the Cowboys got him when they did because his role just got a lot more important for the team.

Sure, he’s 30-years-old, just a few years younger than Romo, but he’s hungry and excited about his opportunity in Dallas. In his interview with 105.3 The Fan back in March he said, “I feel like I have something to prove”. That’s a guy I want on this team, not someone pondering retirement and playing games with the front office.

[su_quote]“The Cowboys felt confident enough to jettison Orton, who skipped the entire offseason program and minicamp, in part because of what Weeden did in the spring. With Romo recovering from back surgery and being kept out of competitive drills and Orton missing, Weeden took all of the first-team snaps.”

[su_lightbox src=”http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/cowboys/post/_/id/4730157/even-with-bump-brandon-weeden-sees-work-ahead/”]Todd Archer, ESPN GO Dallas: Strong offseason fueling Brandon Weeden[/su_lightbox][/su_quote]

Some decent quotes from Weeden are in this article that show he’s ready and eager to continue building on what he did in the off-season.

Let’s hope Tony Romo stays healthy for the year. Romo’s health is going to be the biggest factor if the Cowboys have any shot at a post-season. If Romo does go down, I feel that Weeden may be able to pull a game or two out of his hat, but then who knows.

As Jason Garrett always preaches, Next Man Up! Here’s hoping Weeden answers the call.

What do you think?

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Written by Christopher Sifain

I've been a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan since I was 9-years-old. Born in Rochester, NY, I followed the team closely via satellite feeds and clippings from the Dallas Morning News. I attended multiple events at the Rochester, NY Dallas Cowboys Fan Club. I moved to Dallas in 2002 and quickly bought season tickets to the team I love. My favorite player of all-time is Emmitt Smith, followed by Tony Dorsett and I currently reside in The Colony, TX with my wife and three children.

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