Brandon Weeden looks forward to 'live reps'

IRVING, Texas -- Brandon Weeden is looking at his second start of the Dallas Cowboys’ preseason Thursday against the Denver Broncos with Tony Romo sitting out.

Weeden started the preseason opener against the San Diego Chargers on Aug. 7 and completed 13 of 17 passes for 107 yards and a touchdown.

“One possession, five possessions or the first half, I’ve got to take advantage of the reps,” Weeden said. “These live reps, you can’t put a price tag on them. They’re too valuable. I’m looking forward to it.”

Kyle Orton, last year’s backup to Romo, started the preseason finale against the Houston Texans but threw just one pass in one series. He had more experience than Weeden, and the Cowboys have said Weeden needs to play, so he could play more against the Broncos.

In three preseason games, Weeden has completed 28 of 45 passes for 313 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

He said he felt much more comfortable against the Miami Dolphins last week than he did two weeks ago against the Baltimore Ravens.

“There were some little things in the Baltimore game that looking back on it I was like, ‘That’s not me,’” Weeden said. “Certainly as far as using my eyes and stuff like that, I normally don’t do. I think I fixed the little things. As far as comfort level, I didn’t get as many snaps (against Miami) but the snaps I did get were more efficient is the best way to put it. I felt better after this one.”

Weeden pointed to his interception against the Ravens and his 27-yard touchdown pass to LaRon Byrd as the biggest differences.

“The interception I threw, my eyes stayed (on the receiver) the entire time,” Weeden said. “I never moved the defense. Whereas the touchdown throw the other night, I kept the safety in the middle of the field and came back and threw a ball to Byrd and he made a great catch. Just using my eyes to dictate. Tony’s one of the best I’ve ever seen at it. It’s nice to watch a guy like that.”