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Browns officially name Robert Griffin III their starting quarterback

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I think this sums it up pretty well:

After getting better with each day heading into training camp, head coach Hue Jackson officially named Robert Griffin III his starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. Jackson had previously said that he would name the starter before the team’s first preseason game this Friday against the Green Bay Packers.

Jackson released the following statement in naming Griffin the starter:

"It's time. 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.

I would be remiss if I didn't also commend Josh, Austin and Cody. Josh in particular has been outstanding throughout this process and all of our quarterbacks have worked well together. Their play, professionalism and work ethic has pushed the room to really improve the level of play at the position for our team."

Some may wonder if this means the team might have more incentive to trade QB Josh McCown now. That should not be the case — unless Dallas gets to Cleveland’s asking price, which would end up being legitimate value for Cleveland, McCown is going to remain a quarterback for the Browns.

I will be out in Berea for Day 9 of training camp later today, and it’ll be Griffin’s first as the team’s official starter. Despite there not truly being a serious competition this offseason, the fact that Jackson remained noncommittal served as a way to motivate Griffin, and he has responded in a positive way.