"It's too early now to say anything," Chudzinski said after practice Thursday. "It just would not be smart to name a starter and all those things we've gone through before."
The Browns turned on the play clock when either Weeden or Campbell was in the huddle because offensive coordinator Norv Turner wants to run an up-tempo offense, and that means getting in and out of the huddle and to the line of scrimmage as quickly as possible. So far Weeden is adapting well.
"We flipped on the play clock and kind of challenged ourselves to play faster," Weeden said. "If you're at the line of scrimmage all you hear is, 'Let's go, let's go, let's go,' that's all that I hear and they just harp on it because it's tough on defenses.
"If you can get lined up and do your motions and stuff, it's tough for defenses to get lined up. That's where big plays come about and Norv is the main reason. That's his main focus right now is us learning this offense but doing it fast. It's helped us up to this point."
Weeden hit some throws and missed some Thursday. A deep pass intended for Travis Benjamin over the middle was picked off by safety Tashaun Gipson. He followed that by threading a pass to tight end Jordan Cameron on the left side and then hitting Benjamin on a pass to the right sideline.
Chudzinski was among those who in February seemed unsure about what he was getting in Weeden, the 22nd pick of the first round in 2012. Weeden was 5-10 as the starter. Chudzinski and CEO Joe Banner seemed to wonder how hard he would be willing to work and learn a new offense. Weeden was in Berea on the first day of the offseason conditioning program on April 1 hitting the weight room and the playbook.
"I think he's done a good job with that," Chudzinski said. "You get to know how he picks things up and how he translates it to decision making on the field. That's what we're looking at now.
"Obviously things are slowed down a little bit up front. You're not getting the total pass rush and it's not 100 percent guys going against each other."
Weeden said the offense the Browns use under Turner "makes more sense" than the West Coast offense he tried to pilot as a rookie last year. Weeden was under center more than any other quarterback in the league last year. Turner coached the San Diego Chargers in 2012. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers was in the shotgun more than 75 percent of the time.
"There is a lot more up front (to learn) as far as formations and stuff, but once you get it, you can hear a play and kind of piece it together by the verbiage," Weeden said, "Plus me and my wife have spent too many hours studying. It's been crazy. So it's been good. I've been comfortable with what we're doing and the guys are in the same boat."
The Browns have two more weeks of OTAs and then a minicamp in June. Weeden will continue working with the starters, Campbell with the second team and Thaddeus Lewis with the third group. It is mid-May. Campbell isn't worried about getting his chance.
"I'm just coming out and competing every day," Campbell said. "Honestly, I'm not caught up in that. The common goal is to win. If you get caught up in that you can't go out and focus and get better. Ultimately, I do want to help but also compete and give my best. I'm still at a point in my career where I still have a lot of things in me."
--Armonty Bryant participated in the three-day minicamp that concluded recently and he will be on the roster when the Browns get together for a mandatory three-day minicamp in June - as long as he has no more brushes with the law.
Bryant is a seventh-round draft choice from Division II East Central University taken last month with the 217th overall pick. The Browns are looking at him as a right defensive end, even though he has the size at 263 pounds to play outside linebacker in their 3-4 defense.
More important, Bryant has become a test case for first-year head coach Rob Chudzinski, and how he handles Bryant going forward will send a message to the rest of the team what kind of disciplinarian he will be.
Early in the morning of May 2, Bryant was a arrested on the East Central campus in Ada, Okla., and charged with DUI. His blood-alcohol content was .098. The legal limit in Oklahoma is .08. Bryant pled no contest and was given a one-year deferred sentence.
The significance of the DUI arrest is magnified by the fact Bryant pled no contest to a felony last October when he was arrested for selling marijuana to an undercover agent in a school zone.
The Browns thought about relinquishing their draft rights to Bryant after this latest "stupid mistake," to use the phrase Bryant used both times, but Chudzinski decided to give Bryant another chance. One more mistake, though, and Bryant's NFL career could be finished before it begins, at least as far as the Browns are concerned.
"It's a serious matter," Chudzinski said. "Now that Armonty's gotten here, I had a chance to sit down with him and talk about my expectations and make those expectations clear with him. He understands me and what I expect from him and is ready to make amends.
"Time will tell. You have to give guys every chance, every opportunity, and I feel really good about the structure that we'll have around him to give him every chance. He'll be evaluated consistently and constantly just like all our players are, and time will tell."
Players were in shorts, jerseys and helmets in minicamp, where most, though not all, rookies look good. Bryant looked big and smooth running drills with the other defensive linemen. He said if down the road the Browns want him to switch to linebacker he will put in the work to make the conversion, but for now he is staying at end. He already is trying to make the jump from Division II to the NFL. He thought the Browns might tell him to take a hike following the DUI arrest just six days after the draft.
"I was (worried)," Bryant said. "I'm just fortunate the Browns still have faith in me and hopefully I can win a spot on this 53-man roster. I apologized multiple times. Hopefully we can move forward and I can prove (to) them that I'm not that type of person."
Chudzinski wants to be fair but firm with his players. The Browns were one of the youngest teams in the NFL last year and figure to be even younger in 2013, but Chudzinski is counting on veterans to keep Bryant and the other rookies on the right path.
"We have good guys in the locker room, some guys who are excellent mentors," Chudzinski said. "You look at D'Qwell Jackson, Davone Bess and those guys; anybody that follows them and follows their example will learn how to be a professional. Ultimately, Armonty needs to show that he's going to be accountable and I expect that out of him."
Bryant said he never got an offer from a Division I college. He had 10.5 sacks last year at East Central.
Quarterback Brian Hoyer signed a two-year deal with the Browns, who also waived tight end Garrett Hoskins.
"Brian brings experience and a solid reputation to our squad," said Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski. "We are looking forward to getting him out on the field."
New Browns general manager Mike Lombardi apparently thought highly enough of Hoyer, a Cleveland-area native, to consider trading for him during the NFL Draft in April. But a deal didn't work out and the Arizona Cardinals ended up releasing him on Monday.
Hoyer, 27, has spent most of his time in the NFL as a backup with the New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers and Cardinals. After signing with Arizona late last season, he started its final regular-season game and passed for 225 yards with one touchdown and one interception in a 27-13 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
With returning starter Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell already in the mix at quarterback for the Browns along with Thaddeus Lewis, Hoyer could provide another option in case Weeden or Campbell falter.
Shawn Lauvao, the right guard for the past three years, lined up at left guard Thursday. Jason Pinkston, the starting left guard in 2011 and at the beginning of the 2012 season, is working his way back into shape after missing most of last season with a blood clot in his lung.
Cornerback Leon McFadden, a third-round pick from San Diego State, missed practice because he's still in school. Wide receiver Keenan Davis, running back Robbie Rouse and tight end Travis Tannahill are also still in school and unable to practice.
Free safety Jamoris Slaughter (Achilles tendon) and offensive tackle Chris Faulk (knee) missed practice. They rode the stationary bike and went through light workouts on the sideline. Both hope to be back by training camp.
"Every year is a different world for a quarterback. The minute they get comfortable - you can't do that at that position."- Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski.
A closer look at the Browns' picks:
Round 1/6 - Barkevious Mingo, LB, 6-4, 237, LSU
The Browns want Mingo to start on the right side with Paul Kruger on the left and pressure the quarterback relentlessly. Mingo had eight sacks in 2011 and 4.5 last year, but coach Rob Chudzinski isn't concerned about the decline. Mingo did very little pass coverage at LSU and will have to learn that with the Browns.
Round 3/68 - Leon McFadden, CB, 5-10, 193, San Diego State
McFadden can play corner or nickel. The Browns need a player at both positions. He was a four-year starter for the Aztecs and led his team with three interceptions last year. He returned two for touchdowns.
Round 6/175 - Jamoris Slaughter, FS, 6-0, 195, Notre Dame
Slaughter's left Achilles was torn in the third game last season. If he is healthy he is expected to challenge Tashaun Gipson for a starting job.
Round 7/217 - Armonty Bryant, DE, 6-4, 263, East Central University
Bryant can play outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. He had a school-record 26.5 sacks, but he was also arrested selling marijuana to an undercover agent. "It was a stupid mistake," Bryant said.
Round 7/227 - Garrett Gilkey, OL, 6-6, 318, Chadron State
Gilkey started 12 games at left tackle in 2012 at Division II Chadron State. He can play guard. Browns offensive line coach George Warhop worked him out just before the draft. He played for former Bills receiver Don Beebe in high school.
CB Sheldon Brown won't be brought back. He is 33 and his biggest supporter, former general manager Tom Heckert, was fired in the Jimmy Haslam regime change.
P Reggie Hodges won't be back. He missed all of 2011 with an Achilles tendon tear and finished 31st last season with a net punting average of 37.1.
DE Juqua Parker won't be back. He is a 4-3 end and is not a good fit in Ray Horton's defense.
S Ray Ventrone won't be back. He is a special teams leader but has had injury problems the last two years.
(not tendered offers)
LB Auston English (not tendered as ERFA).
DE Emmanuel Stephens (not tendered as ERFA).
FB Eddie Williams (not tendered as RFA) missed all of 2012 with a back injury.
RB Brandon Jackson: UFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.
WR Jordan Norwood: ERFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.
RB Chris Ogbonnaya: Not tendered as RFA; 2 yrs, terms unknown.
LS Christian Yount: ERFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.
TE Gary Barnidge: UFA Panthers; $3.75M/3 yrs, $650,000 SB.
DT Desmond Bryant: UFA Raiders; $34M/5 yrs, $15M guaranteed.
QB Jason Campbell: UFA Bears; $4.25M/2 yrs, $500,000 guaranteed.
P T.J. Conley: FA Vikings; terms unknown.
TE Kellen Davis: FA Bears; 1 yr, terms unknown.
K Shayne Graham: UFA Texans; $940,000/1 yr.
LB Quentin Groves: UFA Cardinals; $2.4M/2 yrs.
QB Brian Hoyer: FA Cardinals; 2 yrs, terms unknown.
LB Paul Kruger: UFA Ravens $40.5M/5 yrs, $6M SB/$20M guaranteed.
RB Dion Lewis (trade Eagles).
WR David Nelson: Not tendered as RFA by Bills; 1 yr, terms unknown.
CB Christopher Owens: UFA Falcons; $1M/1 yr.
T Rashad Butler: UFA Texans; 1 yr, terms unknown.
LB Emmanuel Acho (traded Eagles).
WR/KR Joshua Cribbs: UFA Raiders; 1 yr, terms unknown.
K Phil Dawson: UFA 49ers; $2.25M/1 yr, $1M SB.
LB Scott Fujita: UFA; retired.
LB Chris Gocong (released).
QB Josh Johnson: UFA Bengals; $1.895M/2 yrs, $500,000 guaranteed.
LB Kaluka Maiava: UFA Raiders; $6M/3 yrs, $2.035M SB.
WR Mohamed Massaquoi: UFA Jaguars; $4.7M/2 yrs.
QB Colt McCoy (traded 49ers).
DE Frostee Rucker (released).
TE Alex Smith: UFA Bengals; terms unknown.
TE Benjamin Watson: UFA Saints; 3 yrs, terms unknown.
S Usama Young (released).