With one more practice before Thursday’s preseason finale against the Houston Texans, Weeden will be available to play for the Dallas Cowboys. With Tony Romo and the starters not playing, this could be Weeden’s final significant playing time for quite a while.
“That’s the plan unless something changes between now and then,” Weeden said. “Still a few things we’ve got to do. But I feel better than expected.”
Weeden started the preseason opener against the San Diego Chargers and completed four of five passes for 42 yards in 11 snaps. He planned to play more against the 49ers before getting hurt. In 11 snaps in that game he completed two of five passes for 7 yards.
He did not play against the Minnesota Vikings but was on the sideline.
Despite the time off, Weeden does not feel behind.
“Arm’s fresh because I haven’t thrown very much, which is really good,” Weeden said. “I think as far as schematically I feel good just because I tried to do as much as I can back there when Tony and those guys are out there. Maybe timing and stuff like that, a little bit. But once you get throwing and throw a couple of routes in there, you kind of get that back.”
With Romo not taking part in the offseason program last year and limited in training camp as well, Weeden got more work with the starters than a normal backup. That carried over to the regular season from Week 2 on, when Romo sat out of Wednesday practices.
Despite fewer snaps this offseason and through training camp and the preseason, Weeden said he feels more comfortable with the offense.
“I’m in there with a lot of younger guys, so I’m telling them, ‘Hey, you’ve got (this route) here. You’ve got this,’” Weeden said. “I’m telling every guy what to do. So it helps me, it helped me last year kind of getting a really good grasp of this offense. Now I can kind of explain and I’m not having to think quite as much.”