*There will be no quarterback controversy in Cleveland…at least for the time being.
In a press release this morning, head coach Hue Jackson announced that Robert Griffin III has been named the starting quarterback for the upcoming season.
Read the full statement below:
Robert has earned the right to be named the starting quarterback of the Cleveland Browns. Since he was signed back in March, Robert has made it clear through his actions that he is willing to do everything that has been asked of him to earn this role. Throughout this process he has gained the respect from his teammates, the coaching staff and the entire organization that is necessary for him to lead our offense and really the entire team. Pep (Hamilton) has done an outstanding job with that room to get us to this point so we can make this decision at what I feel is the optimal time which enables us to best prepare for the regular season. It’s now on Robert to show the organization and our fans that this is the right decision. Throughout the offseason program and training camp, Robert has shown improvement every day and we expect him to continue to ascend as he becomes more and more acclimated to the offensive system we will employ this season. I’ve been crystal clear on what we expect from Robert. He fully understands the responsibility and I feel he is ready to handle this role.
Griffin was chosen from a four-man competition that included veteran Josh McCown, Austin Davis and rookie Cody Kessler. He’ll have his first start Friday in Cleveland’s preseason opener at Green Bay.
The 6-foot-2, 218 pound athlete is entering his fifth NFL season out of Baylor. He signed with the Browns in March after four seasons with Washington, where he was selected with the second overall pick in 2012.