By John Helsley
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Brandon Weeden, the former top draft pick of the New York Yankees now quarterbacking the Cowboys, is a solid athlete.
Let’s get that established, as if it was necessary.
Is he Vince Young or Terrelle Pryor or even Zac Robinson? Not in terms of running the football, although that should never be an absolute requirement when discussing athleticism, but that’s a debate for another time.
But Weeden can run a bit, enough to escape pressure and buy himself time in the pocket or even scramble a few yards for a first down. In his big half against Colorado last year, he made a big-time throw on the run, rolling right and firing 28 yards to Justin Blackmon for the game-winning touchdown.
These things he can do.
It’s just not a good idea.
Any vision the Cowboys have of another strong season, a bowl season, demands Weeden stay healthy. It’s imperative.
And that’s just not me talking. Asked how he felt about his backup quarterbacks, offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen said:
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