With Tony Romo recovering from back surgery and Kyle Orton strongly considering retirement, former Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden will exclusively work with the Cowboys' first-team offense at this week's mandatory minicamp.
Weeden has impressed the Cowboys' staff in the offseason after arriving in free agency. The Cleveland Browns released the former first-round pick in March.
Romo is the unquestioned No. 1 in Dallas, but questions still remained about the backup quarterback position entering the offseason. It looks like its Weeden's to lose, as Orton has been MIA at Cowboys offseason activities. According to the Dallas Morning News, Orton didn't show Monday for a required physical in advance of the Cowboys' three-day minicamp that started Tuesday.
Observation from #dallascowboys camp. Brandon Weeden is as natural a thrower of the football as you will see. Beautiful delivery.— Babe Laufenberg (@cbs11babe) June 11, 2014
“Brandon has done a nice job. He gets in the huddle and handles himself like an NFL quarterback,” Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett told the Dallas Morning News. “He’s getting all the first reps, and it’s great for him. You’re playing, you’re learning, you’re making mistakes and you’re growing, and when you kind of go back into your role you’re better for it. So this is a really good thing for him.”