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Brandon Weeden ahead in Cleveland Browns' QB race

Amid protestations to the contrary from head coach Rob Chudzinski, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported a month ago that the Cleveland Browns' alleged quarterback competition was little more than lip service.

After observing minicamp practices this week, ESPNCleveland.com's Tony Grossi has reached the same conclusion.

Jason Campbell has been relegated to second-team reps with Brian Hoyer, while Weeden handles all of the first-team work.

Weeden has looked "exceptional" in the last three practices open to the media, according to Grossi. That's to be expected from a quarterback who can make every throw in the book. The defense is in shells and shorts, after all, with no hitting allowed. That strong arm also gives Weeden a prohibitive edge over Campbell in the Browns' new aggressive passing attack emphasizing play-action and vertical strikes.

Barring a faceplant of epic proportions in training camp and preseason action, Weeden will be under center in Week 1.

Follow Chris Wesseling on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.

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