Robert Griffin III vs. Josh McCown: Latest Updates on Browns QB Battle

Joe Pantorno@@JoePantornoFeatured Columnist

Cleveland Browns' Robert Griffin III drops back to pass during practice at the NFL football team's veteran minicamp, Tuesday, April 19, 2016, in Berea, Ohio. (AP Photo/David Dermer)
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Among the many decisions new Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson has to make this offseason, the question of whom the team's starting quarterback will be—Josh McCown, Robert Griffin III or someone else altogether—still remains. 

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According to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, Jackson said there isn't a timetable for announcing his No. 1 starter this offseason, saying it's "too soon" to give the nod to Griffin. 

RG3, who signed with the team earlier this offseason after being benched by Jay Gruden while with the Washington Redskins last year, has almost accomplished more in three seasons than McCown has in 13:

Robert Griffin III, Josh McCown Career Stats
2012-2014Playing Years2002-2015
14-21Record As Starter18-39
63.9Completion %59.5
8,097Passing Yards13,142
1Playoff Appearances0
1Pro Bowls0

He was named the 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and won the NFC East before injuries derailed his career and his hopes of starting with the Redskins. In his place, Kirk Cousins stepped in and led Washington to the playoffs last season. 

Griffin commented on competing for the starting job back in April, per the Browns:

Cleveland Browns @Browns

.@RGIII on competing for the starting job: "It is what it is … No one’s going to step on each other’s toes, but we’re all here to compete."

Meanwhile, McCown has been a backup for most of his career, which spans seven different teams. Last year was his first with the Browns; he started eight games and went 1-7 while splitting time with Austin Davis and the now-released Johnny Manziel

He spoke with PFT Live (h/t Pro Football Talk's Michael David Smith) shortly after the team signed Griffin:

Right now, it’s come in and compete and show up, so that’s what I’ll do. If that changes, that changes, and I’ll go to that next place and compete there as well. ... I’ll go with that mindset, and if they see differently and I am traded or moved along, I’ll appreciate my time there and then go embrace the next opportunity.

Davis remains on the roster as well, and so does Connor Shaw, who appeared in just one game back in 2014. The Browns also selected USC's Cody Kessler in the third round of this year's draft, so there are plenty of options for Jackson and the Browns offense to look at before making the call on who will be under center.   

Stats courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com


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