Countdown to The Draft
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By Tony Grossi
Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said he is “excited” to work with quarterback Brandon Weeden, saying he has “some good tools to work with,” but hedged on whether the second-year incumbent will be his starting quarterback.
In a breakfast meeting with Cleveland media at the NFL scouting combine, Chudzinski said he would be “comfortable” with whomever his starter winds up being and would not rule out bringing in another quarterback to compete with, or beat out, Weeden.
“We’re going to put the best guy on the field,” he said.
On other topics:
* Chudzinski declined to comment on the future of kicker Phil Dawson or any other of the other Browns’ unsigned free agents.
* He said he does not consider the zone read option an NFL fad and would like to incorporate some of that into the Browns offense if he had a quarterback with the requisite mobility.
* He acknowledged the need to add tight ends to the roster.
* Chudzinski believes that the style of 3-4 defense that coordinator Ray Horton will play will mesh with the current personnel and will not require a massive roster overhaul. He said he can see Jabaal Sheard playing end and outside linebacker in the defense and linemen Phil Taylor, Ahtyba Rubin and Billy Winn capable of playing anywhere on the three-man front.
* Chudzinski said he will have a veteran minicamp before the draft in April and then a full team minicamp in June.
Chudzinski also will appear in the media room at the combine today. We will have a complete report later on this site.
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