QB Brandon Weeden - Houston Texans
|6-4, 221||Born: 10-14-1983||College: Oklahoma State||Drafted: Round 1, pick 22|
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Recent Game Summaries
2015 Week 16 vs TEN (15 / 24 / 200 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 11 / 1 rush)
The 4th starting quarterback for the Texans in 2015 did not disappoint. Weeden was being pulled in and out of the game early, he could not get into the flow of the game. The offense was trying to find it's footing and it took until the 5th drive of the game when he hit Hopkins for 44 yards to open the drive. Weeden capped the drive off with a scramble for five yards and a touchdown. The second half, Weeden looked like a completely different player hitting seven of his next ten passes. Weeden hit five different receivers Washington for 21, Hopkins for 11, 17 and 15, C.J. Fiedorowicz for 6 and Ryan Griffin for 13. Weeden threw the ball with confidence and he threw catchable balls to Hopkins and Washington for touchdowns. His receivers helped the cause beating their man in coverage catching the ball over them. Hopkins had a 15 yard one-on-one situation in the end zone while Washington did the same for 13 yards. It was an overall impressive day and Weeden put together two impressive drives to seal the game for the Texans.
2015 Week 15 vs IND (11 / 18 / 105 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / 6 / 0 rush)
Only with the team for a month Weeden was dusted off and made a solid debut for the Texans. He concentrated on throwing outside the numbers and had success getting the ball to Ryan Griffin and DeAndre Hopkins. His biggest throw came on a back shoulder throw to Jaelen Strong that needed a review to confirm a top notch catch that saw him tap two feet in-bounds to set up a late field goal. Weeden played within the system and kept throws simple for him. He had a 20 yard screen pass to Akeem Hunt negated due to a holding call. Weeden had a big third-down throw to Hopkins down the seam for a 28 yard gain to keep their game winning drive alive. He also got a good chunk of yards on a pass interference call when he targeted Ryan Griffin deep but the defender got there too early and that resulted in a 22 yard gain. His big throw came on a play action pass to Strong on a 8-yard touchdown to seal the game hitting him coming across the formation. His other big throw came on a third down throw to Hopkins for a seven yard gain to extend the drive. After that throw, Weeden handed the ball off to ice a big win for the Texans.
2015 Week 5 vs NE (26 / 39 / 188 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / 18 / 0 rush)
By the week, the limitations of Brandon Weeden grow. The Patriots got up on Dallas in the second and third quarters due to those limitations and in overt comeback mode, those same limitations prevent Dallas from coming back. At one point Weeden completed 19-of-20 passes this week, but within the construct of the game, they were largely meaningless. Obvious passing situations shine a light on Weeden's lack of prowess down the field and natural tendency to throw well in front of the first down marker. On two occasions of note where Weeden attempted shots down the field, both were into double coverage and one was intercepted. The lone highlight throw for Weeden amidst his consistent check downs was a third down conversion to Devin Street, who fully extended on an out route. The once-dominant offensive line is playing closer to the league average, exacerbating Weeden's lack of quality weapons and decision-making.
2015 Week 4 vs NO (16 / 26 / 246 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 5 / 0 rush)
Despite the quality stat line, Weeden had an up-and-down game in New Orleans. He was accurate with short throws but missed too many routine throws when well-protected. Terrance Williams came wide open on a go route in the end zone, which Weeden missed with an overthrow in the first quarter. Later, Weeden again overthrew Jason Witten on third down and held the ball on third down for a sack in the red zone resulting in a field goal. Finally with the game on line in the closing minutes, Weeden put a drive on his back. The Dallas offensive line provides outstanding protection and Weeden worked the offense straight down the field, culminating in a perfect sideline throw to Terrance Williams for the score. Weeden continues to be a limiting factor on offense and the lack of Dez Bryant's playmaking ability is sorely missed.
2015 Week 3 vs ATL (22 / 26 / 232 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
The early game script and execute for Brandon Weeden's first start in Dallas was perfect against Atlanta. The offensive line dominated and Joseph Randle fueled the run game to a 21-7 lead. Weeden operated off play-action and was accurate on underneath routes en route to four touchdowns on six first half drives. The lone blemish for Weeden was an ill-advised throw across his body while rolling left, an easy interception for roaming Atlanta safety William Moore. As Atlanta's offense turned unstoppable down the stretch, Weeden needed to shift from game manager and lead protector to play-maker. Weeden was not up to the task as he missed Jason Witten down the seam in the third quarter and took a sack on a critical third down later in the second half. As the game slipped away, Weeden's mistakes continued. Down 11 points Weeden continued to check the ball down and even slid down in-bounds instead of throwing the ball away to stop the clock. What looked to be a comfortable win after the opening few possessions in Dallas, turned into a double-digit loss due to Brandon Weeden and the struggles of Dallas' defense against the Falcons.
2015 Week 2 vs PHI (7 / 7 / 73 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 7 / 0 rush)
With the injury to Tony Romo against the Eagles Brandon Weeden took over in the middle of the third quarter. The Dallas offense was salting the game away with a lead and minimal pressure from the struggling Eagles offense. Weeden was efficient in his limited time under center as Dallas centered on the run game. Weeden's highlight throw came versus a third down blitz, finding Terrance Williams with inside position on a slant route, breaking away to the end zone. The long catch-and-run iced the game. Weeden is now the Dallas starter with Romo out for a significant portion of the regular season and will be without Dez Bryant. Expect a run foundation as the Cowboys look to weather the storm.
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