The Cleveland Browns have officially named Robert Griffin III the team’s starting quarterback, head coach Hue Jackson announced Monday.
"It's now on Robert to show the organization and our fans that this is the right decision," Jackson said. "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."
The Browns have had uncertainty at the quarterback position for several seasons, and after a strong offseason and consistent improvement in training camp, the team expects Griffin to bring some necessary stability to the position.
"It's an honor to be one of 32 in this league," Griffin said Monday after he found out he was a starting quarterback once again.
"You should never doubt. There's a quote out there that says, 'if you don't believe, who will?' So I'm thankful for my teammates and coach ... all these guys for believing in me as a player and giving me an opportunity."
Cleveland entered the offseason with a four-way competition for the starting quarterback spot between Griffin, Josh McCown, Austin Davis and Cody Kessler. The team has explored the possibility of trading McCown, who was its most successful quarterback last season.
"Obviously as a competitor you want to play and you want to be the guy, but I understood kind of the direction we were going and so I’m excited for our team," McCown said Monday.
Griffin was drafted second overall by Washington in the 2012 NFL Draft and spent four tumultuous seasons with the team. His rookie season was impressive, culminating in a Pro Bowl appearance and Offensive Rookie of the Year honors. He set records before the next three years of his career were marred by injury, and signing with the Browns in March was an opportunity for a fresh start.
Griffin will get his first official start for the Browns in preseason action against the Green Bay Packers on Friday. As of Week 1, Griffin will be the 25th starting quarterback to take the field for the Browns since 1999.
In 37 games so far in his career, Griffin has completed 63.9 percent of his passes for 8,097 yards, 40 touchdowns and 23 interceptions. He has added 1,480 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground. Last season for Washington, he did not play a snap during the regular season.