By Eric Schmidt

Once the Cleveland Browns decided to trade former first-round draft pick RB Trent Richardson, many thought they were tanking the season. Rumors of a vast fire sale made the rounds in media outlets. The Browns were dead in the water, simply blowing up the season just three weeks in. Well, since trading Richardson, the Browns haven’t lost.

At the same time they traded Richardson, the Browns made a move at quarterback, placing Brian Hoyer under center while Brandon Weeden suffered a hand injury. While players generally don’t lose their starting jobs due to injury, but the Browns should never hand the ball back to Weeden.

In his two starts, Hoyer has completed nearly 60% of his passes while throwing for 590 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions. Hoyer has really connected with tight end Jordon Cameron in the last two weeks, targeting him 23 times, which resulted in four touchdowns.

Is Hoyer’s success screwing up the Browns draft plans for 2014? If Hoyer’s strong play at quarterback continues, do the Browns still target a quarterback in next year’s lottery? It’s widely believed that the browns were trying to stockpile as many draft picks as possible in order to move up in next year’s draft to select a franchise quarterback.

By the end of the season, Cleveland should have a very good read on whether or not they want to stick with Hoyer next season. He’s more dynamic than Weeden and needs to be considered for the future. Hoyer is playing on a two-year deal worth just $1.965 million with just $250,000 guaranteed.

If Hoyer’s success on the field continues, the Browns will be out of the running for a top-10 first round selection. If his success on the field continues, the Browns will have some serious questions heading into April’s draft while wondering if they have finally found the elusive franchise quarterback.

 

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