The Cleveland Browns lost their starting quarterback for what could be the entire season, if everything doesn’t go right. Robert Griffin III has worked extremely hard this offseason and looked poised for a breakout season in 2016.
After the Eagles game the team announced that Griffin will be placed on the injured reserve for a shoulder injury. He has to miss the next eight weeks but will be reevaluated in the next three to four.
The hope around this organization is that backup quarterback, now starter Josh McCown, can lead this team to victory. McCown, 37, had a terrific season last year before going down with an injury. He threw for 2,109 yards and registered 12 touchdown to 4 interceptions; a 93.3 passer rating.
Cleveland drafted a quarterback in the third-round of this year’s NFL draft. USC’s quarterback Cody Kessler is listed as the third-string quarterback on the roster. That was until the RGIII injury. Kessler is literally one snap away from seeing the football field.
In my honest opinion, I believe the Browns need to pick up a veteran quarterback and not throw Kessler into the mix quite yet. Last time a third-string quarterback started for the Browns was back in 2010 and that was Colt McCoy. Look how that turned out.
Here is a list of several free agent quarterbacks that the Browns might look at.
- Matt Flynn
- T.J. Yates
- Tarvaris Jackson
- Ryan Lindley
- Jimmy Clausen
Kessler is a third-string quarterback at best (right now) and needs time to mature. During the preseason, he registered two safeties, one running into the back of the end-zone and the other just not being aware of the situation. He is currently not fit to take snaps on the active roster.
What are your thoughts on this?
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