Dallas Cowboys: A summer of adjustment for Brandon Weeden

With Cowboys starter Tony Romo recovering from back surgery and backup Kyle Orton skipping camp and possibly retiring, Weeden spent all of OTAs and last week’s minicamp taking reps with the starters in Dallas. And Weeden and his wife Melanie are expecting their first child, likely a boy, any day.
By Cody Stavenhagen, Staff Writer Published: June 20, 2014
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— For former Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden, the past few months have been all about learning and adjusting.

Weeden signed a two-year, $1.23 million deal with the Dallas Cowboys on March 17 after his rocky two-year stint with the Cleveland Browns ended when the organization released him.

With Cowboys starter Tony Romo recovering from back surgery and backup Kyle Orton skipping camp and possibly retiring, Weeden spent all of OTAs and last week’s minicamp taking reps with the starters in Dallas.

Minicamp ended Thursday, giving Weeden a four-week break before preseason training camp begins July 22. Friday, Weeden hosted his third annual Swing from the Heart charity golf tournament at Oak Tree National in Edmond, and it turns out even with a break from football, he’s still learning and adjusting.

Weeden and his wife Melanie are expecting their first child, likely a boy, any day.

“I haven’t learned how to change a diaper yet,” Weeden said. “That’s one thing I’m really not looking forward to.”

Joking aside, Weeden said he’s thrilled to become a father — one of few experiences better than getting first team reps with the Dallas Cowboys.

With Romo coming back and Weeden looking to keep his NFL career afloat, he tried to take full advantage of his time running the offense.

“It’s exactly what I wanted and exactly what I needed to show that I could play,” Weeden said. “Being a backup quarterback is a challenge because you don’t normally get a ton of reps ... But if something happens to Tony I’m going to be thrown into the fire.”

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