Robert Griffin III will try to resurrect his career with the Browns after he signed a two-year deal this offseason worth $15 million. He will compete with Josh McCown and potentially rookie Cody Kessler to be the starter, but even if Griffin wins the job he would have minimal Fantasy value in the majority of leagues. The last time we saw Griffin in meaningful action was 2014 - last year he was the No. 3 quarterback for the Redskins and did not play in a game. Things went downhill fast for Griffin after a breakout rookie campaign, mostly due to injury, and we'll see if he can rebound under new coach Hue Jackson. The Browns have a pretty good receiving corps thanks to Josh Gordon's return, but it's hard to see RG3 elevate his game to make his stats shine, especially considering his injury history. He's worth a late pick in the deepest of leagues (at least 20 rounds) and could get the nod late in two-QB drafts.
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 Browns' starting quarterback position, but coach Hue Jackson says "it's too soon" to name the team's starter at this point, Cleveland.com reports. Griffin was signed to a two-year deal this offseason after being demoted to the Redskins' third-string option last year, when he took zero snaps during the regular season. Despite such recent inactivity, Griffin is expected to compete primarily with the likes of rookie third-rounder Cody Kessler and veteran Josh McCown for Cleveland's starting job. Although coach 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.
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 Browns from taking a quarterback early in the draft. Instead, the team traded down in the first round multiple times, eventually selecting Baylor WR Corey Coleman at No. 15 overall. A Baylor product himself, Griffin is likely thrilled about how the draft turned out, with Cleveland further bolstering its receiving corps by selecting WR Ricardo Louis (4th round), TE Seth Devalve (4th), WR Jordan Payton (5th) and WR Rashard Higgins (5th) in the middle rounds. Though he'll presumably have to compete for the job, Griffin is the favorite to start in Week 1 for a rebuilding Browns team, as he offers greater long-term potential than either Kessler or 36-year-old Josh McCown.
Griffin split first-team QB reps with Josh McCown at the 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 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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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|5||10/09||New England Patriots||16||19.78|
|8||10/30||New York Jets||11||18.75|
|12||11/27||New York Giants||31||24.56|
|16||12/24||San Diego Chargers||14||19.56|
|3 Year Avg||62.8||1632||7||6||222||0||123|