Griffin has consistently been taking first-team snaps at OTAs, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Although Griffin is the clear favorite to win a competition against Josh McCown and third-round rookie Cody Kessler, the battle will likely continue throughout training camp and the preseason. Griffin is the only one of the trio possessing long-term upside, but McCown was actually decent when healthy last season, completing 63.7 percent of his passes for 7.2 yards per attempt, with 12 touchdowns and just four interceptions in eight games (all starts). Granted, Cleveland won just one of those eight games, needing overtime to do so.
Griffin is a candidate to win the
Griffin was brought to Cleveland this offseason on a two-year deal, despite being demoted to the Redskins' third-string option and taking zero regular season snaps last year. However, given the Browns' dire need for a quarterback, Griffin is thought to have an early lead on rookie third-rounder Cody Kessler and veteran Josh McCown in Cleveland's upcoming competition for the starting job. Although Jackson says he doesn't have a timeline to name a starter, the Browns' OTAs and training camp are expected to help sort out the position, giving Griffin a chance to revive his career by impressing his new coach.
Griffin's new team waited until late in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft to select a quarterback, going with USC product Cody Kessler at No. 93 overall, ESPN.com reports.
After Griffin signed a two-year, $15 million contract in late March, it was widely reported that his addition wouldn't necessarily preclude the
Griffin split first-team QB reps with Josh McCown at the Cleveland Browns ' voluntary minicamp Tuesday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
At this stage, the Browns' quarterback situation remains fluid, though some added clarity on that front should arrive no later than the NFL Draft later this month. For now, the Browns hold the No. 2 pick overall and it's assumed that drafting a QB in that slot is an option, as is trading the pick. Moreover, while McCown actually worked ahead of Griffin on Tuesday, the report suggests that he's a candidate to be traded or released down the road, now that Griffin is on hand. With regard to Griffin, coach Hue Jackson noted Tuesday that the team's new QB is "very talented...obviously (Griffin) did some good things, but he has a lot of things just like a lot of our players do to clean up. It was one practice, but it was a good start."
Griffin agreed to a two-year, $15 million contract with the Cleveland Browns on Thursday, Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports.
$6.75 million of the contract is guaranteed and another $7 million is available through incentives. The significant commitment should ensure that Griffin gets to compete for the starting job, even if his new team ends up selecting a quarterback in the first round of the NFL Draft. Although the Browns now seem far less likely to do so, various reports have suggested that it's still on the table. The 26-year-old Griffin still has first-rate physical tools, but he hasn't played well since his rookie season and didn't take a single snap in 2015.
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|P3||8/26/16||@ TB||8:00 pm|
|1||9/11/16||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
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