The Cleveland Browns G.M. Tom Heckert knows turnovers will kill you in the N.F.L., Tom Heckert the same guy who didn’t want to use the Browns 22nd pick to draft Brandon Weeden is now very concerned with Weeden’s inability to protect the football. Heckert who has studied the Browns games films can see a real problem when it comes to Brandon Weeden keeping the football when he is under pressure. Heckert knows when the Browns open the season against the Philadelphia Eagles, a team that brought pressure to Weeden in the preseason Weeden has to protect the football.
Heckert knows Weeden tends to fold under pressure, when he talks about the turnovers Heckert also knows those hits Weeden took when facing the Eagles were not big hits. The Eagles know if they get to Weeden they can force a turnover. Weeden isn’t used to getting hit, while at O.S.U. Weeden didn’t take a lot of hits. He had a good offensive line and they gave him great protection. Heckert knows if the Browns have a weak link it is the teams O-line.
When the regular season starts in 6 days the Cleveland Browns better hope they can protect Brandon Weeden. The Eagles defense is going to be a dominate force in the NFL this season and the pressure Weeden saw in the preseason is just a sample of what he can expect come game day. Tom Heckert is concerned with turn overs and rightfully so. Weeden can’t protect the football, he is too worried with protecting himself. The Browns better have someone in the backfield come game day to help pick up loose footballs. If not the Browns season opener could be an ugly display of fumbles.
Heckert knows the hits coming Weeden’s way next Sunday will fall into the Big-Hit Category, and if Brandon Weeden can’t hold on to the football with the little hits how is he going to hold onto it when the hits grow larger. Tom Heckert’s worries are very justified….
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