The Cleveland Browns have named quarterback Robert Griffin III their starting quarterback. The Browns will travel to take on the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 1 of the 2016 NFL season. They signed Griffin back on March 24.
Cleveland Browns Name Robert Griffin III Starting Quarterback
“It is time. Robert has earned the right to be the Browns starting quarterback,” Browns coach Hue Jackson said, “since he was signed 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 led our offense and really the entire team.
Griffin was drafted second overall by the Washington Redskins in the 2012 NFL Draft out of Baylor University. The former Heisman Trophy winner led his team led the Redskins to the playoffs in his rookie season. He threw for exactly 3,200 yards and 20 touchdowns to just five interceptions. In the Wild Card game against the Seattle Seahawks, Griffin tore his ACL trying to recover a fumble. The Redskins also lost the game and their season ended.
He threw for a career high 3,203 yards in 2013, three more yards than his rookie season. Griffin then dislocated his ankle in the 2014 season. He missed seven games due the injury. He would finish with just 1,694 yards and four touchdowns to six interceptions.
Griffin then lost his starting job to quarterback Kirk Cousins in 2015. He spent the entire season on the bench as Cousins led the Redskins to the playoffs. Once again, however, they lost a home wild card game.
Griffin will start against his former team in Week when the Browns travel to take on the Redskins. There may be bad blood between him and his former team, but it is unsure whether fans will cheer or jeer their former quarterback.