As it turns out, the Browns have more than one expensive quarterback they didn’t really want.
Or at least, they did.
Griffin looked pretty good in the preseason, but only appeared in five games for the Browns compiling 886 yards on 147 pass attempts (6.0 YPA) while throwing more interceptions (3) than touchdowns (2). He did run for 38 yards per game and found the endzone twice.
Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm
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Griffin returned to the huddle, but it appeared officials signaled for Browns trainers to come check on the QB. Griffin went to the locker room for further evaluation. RGIII can't seem to catch a break as he continues to get chances on the field. It would appear if Griffin can't go in Week 17, Kessler could get the start.
Hue Jackson wanted to see a jump in performance from Robert Griffin III.
“We’ll go out there and give him another opportunity to take a swing at it,” Jackson said Monday on a conference call with reporters.
“I think there was some improvement, there was some things that I thought he did much better when you go back and watch the tape from the first time he played,” he said, “and hopefully there can be another jump in this next game. But I think he needs to go play and he needs to play well.”
Griffin, who started his second straight game Sunday, passed for 196 yards and ran for another 48 yards and a touchdown after missing three months because of a broken bone in his shoulder. Jackson also made it clear he won't hesitate to play rookie quarterback Cody Kessler, who started eight games this season while Griffin and veteran signal caller Josh McCown dealt with injuries.
In weeks past, Browns coach Hue Jackson has been quick to name a starting quarterback.
But at 0-14 and coming off another less-than-inspired quarterbacking performance from Robert Griffin III, Jackson has flung the door back open for Cody Kessler or Josh McCown for this week’s game against the Chargers.
“Everything’s going to be on the table,” Jackson said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I’m going to look at everything. I just have to. I owe these guys the best opportunity to win in the locker room. With the effort they’re giving me, I have to give back to them as a leader. I have to make sure I’m putting the right people out there for them. . . .
“Everybody. Everybody is in play. Absolutely.”
Had Griffin given them any real reason, he could have had the next two games as an audition for the future. But they’ve scored an average of 11.0 points per game in his three starts, so there’s no compelling reason to keep on with the experiment, the story pointed out. Griffin was better in Week 15 than Week 14, but it hasn't produced a victory.
Friday, December 9, 2016, 6:41pm
Browns QB Cody Kessler (concussion) took full practice reps all week. The Browns plan to start Robert Griffin III this week. He had an impressive preseason (22-of-38 for 313 yards with three touchdowns and an 8.2 YPA) before getting injured during a less-than-stellar Week 1 outing against the Eagles. The Browns want to see if Griffin is the quarterback of the future. In his sole start, Griffin targeted Terrelle Pryor (7), Corey Coleman (5) and Duke Johnson (5) the most.
Thursday, December 8, 2016, 6:27pm
Browns QB Cody Kessler (concussion) took full practice reps again Thursday. The Browns plan to start Robert Griffin III this week. He had an impressive preseason (22-of-38 for 313 yards with three touchdowns and an 8.2 YPA) before getting injured during a less-than-stellar Week 1 outing against the Eagles. The Browns want to see if Griffin is the quarterback of the future. In his sole start, Griffin targeted Terrelle Pryor (7), Corey Coleman (5) and Duke Johnson (5) the most.
Griffin had a fantastic preseason (22-of-38 for 313 yards with three touchdowns and an 8.2 YPA) before getting injured during a less-than-stellar Week 1 outing against the Eagles. The Browns want to see if Griffin is the quarterback of the future. In his sole start, Griffin targeted Terrelle Pryor (7), Corey Coleman (5) and Duke Johnson (5) the most.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 6:58pm
Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III has been cleared for contact, paving the way for him to play again this season.
Griffin has been sidelined since breaking a bone in his left shoulder late in the Sept. 11 opener against Philadelphia. He returned to practice last week, but still had to pass another medical test to make sure his injury had healed enough to absorb hits.
The Browns (0-12) have a bye this week, but Griffin will likely start the Dec. 11 game against Cincinnati. Browns coach Hue Jackson could go back to rookie Cody Kessler, but he sustained his second concussion of the season on Nov. 20 and only completed the concussion protocol on Monday.
The Browns signed Griffin to a two-year deal and would probably like to use these four games to see if he's worth bringing back as the team's starter in 2017. After trading away the number-two overall pick this past draft, and not really seeing any answers at the QB position, one would have to think the team needs to draft a QB next spring regardless of bringing back Griffin in 2017.
Coach Hue Jackson said that although Robert Griffin III will practice, he has not been cleared for contact or to play in a game. Rookie Cody Kessler had his second concussion in five games and is out indefinitely.
The team could shut down Kessler for a while according to a report we had earlier today. With RGIII not ready to get back into action, McCown gets the start in Week 12.
Earlier, ESPN's Josina Anderson reported sources told her the team was discussing Griffin's possible return to practice this week.
Though Griffin might be ready to practice in some form, he could be limited and would have to work his way back before practicing fully. Before he could return to practice, Griffin must be "designated to return" from injured reserve by the team. Once he begins practicing, he can practice for up to 21 days before the Browns have to make a decision on returning him to the active roster.
Sashi Brown, the Browns' executive vice president of football operations, told reporters Monday that the injured quarterback still has a chance to play this season.
While noting that Griffin's "durability issues have followed him," Brown stressed that the signal-caller is "on pace" to see late-season action after suffering a broken bone in his non-throwing shoulder in Week 1, per Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer. That will require Griffin to pass further testing on the shoulder, but the passer sounded optimistic Monday.
Friday, November 4, 2016, 6:47pm
Browns QB Cody Kessler (concussion) took full practice reps all week. Kessler will start Week 9. There were three games this season in which Kessler attempted 30 or more passes. In those games, Duke Johnson has averaged 5.0 catches, so he's a safe play in PPR formats. Over the past two years, Gary Barnidge's yardage with and without Kessler are about the same, though he hasn't been the same factor in the red zone this season. Terrelle Pryor has averaged 7.3 catches for 88 yards and 1.0 touchdown in three full games with Kessler, so no problems there. Corey Coleman played mostly with Robert Griffin III early in the season, so he's something of a wild card.
An important four-week checkup this week revealed that Robert Griffin III's fractured coracoid bone in his left shoulder is showing signs of healing, sources said Tuesday, and doctors believe the Cleveland Browns quarterback, barring any setbacks, will not require surgery.
After Griffin originally suffered the injury in September, the team feared he would miss the remainder of season if surgery was required. The Browns placed him on the Injured Reserve with designation to return, hoping proper healing could mean an earlier comeback.
The IR designation means Griffin still wouldn't be able to return to action until Nov. 10 against Baltimore. However, it is still to be determined whether that is a realistic timeline in terms of the healing process. A source close to the player says Griffin plans to be extremely patient with his return, and has not placed a timeline on when he'll be back, the story said.
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