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DALLAS (105.3 THE FAN) – Newly signed quarterback Brandon Weeden is excited about his fresh start with the Dallas Cowboys.

Drafted in the first round out of Oklahoma State at the age of 28, Weeden was thrown into the fire in Cleveland.

Now, after signing a two-year contract with Dallas, he’s content with competing for a backup role while learning from the veteran QBs currently in place.

“One thing for myself, that I haven’t really had in Cleveland, is a veteran guy that has been playing the position for a long time to sit back and learn from,” said Weeden to New School on 105.3 The Fan. “I’ve got two, with Tony [Romo] and Kyle [Orton]. Sit back, be a sponge, really dive in, and try to become a better player.”

The quarterback started 15 games in his rookie campaign, throwing for 3,385 yards (14 TD/17 INT) in leading the Browns to a 5-10 record.

“When I came in as a rookie, I was expected to play. I was so wrapped up in trying to learn the playbook, and I really didn’t have any time to learn and progress. That’s my goal — to get in there and compete, try to make myself better and make everybody else better — just get comfortable and be around a good football team.”

It’s unclear how Weeden fits into the Cowboys plans. Kyle Orton, who has reportedly been considering retirement, has been Romo’s backup since 2012. But Weeden isn’t worried about his exact role with the team.

“I’m going to come in and compete with Kyle, continue to get better. That’s all I can really focus on. Whether they keep two, three [quarterbacks], that’s to be determined. “

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