Cleveland Browns: 3 storylines leading into training camp
The progression of Robert Griffin
The most interesting storyline to follow this training camp will be the progression and development of quarterback Robert Griffin III. Griffin signed a two-year deal in March following his fallout with the Washington Redskins. He is still just four years removed from being the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 draft.
Griffin’s best season came in his rookie season, when he led the Redskins to the playoffs while earning Offensive Rookie of the Year and Pro Bowl honors. Griffin was inactive for all sixteen games this past season after falling out of favor with a new coaching staff and having injury concerns.
New offensive-minded head coach Hue Jackson appears to be all in with Griffin as his quarterback for the 2016 season. Jackson has spoken highly of his new quarterback all offseason.
Griffin will open training camp with the first team offense, although Jackson is on record saying, “When it’s time to make a decision, I’ll make it, I’m being honest. It’s still way soon. I know that’s what everyone’s worried about, but I’m not. There are no games yet. I think it’s a competition, so we can just let things play themselves out.”
The key for Griffin to experience a career revival and stabilize the quarterback position for the Browns is if he can win from the pocket. Jackson will ask Griffin to stay within the construction of his offensive before looking to run.
Griffin spent time this offseason with quarterback guru Tom House. Griffin’s offseason emphasis was working through reading progressions and refining his footwork in the pocket. Another emphasis of Griffin’s was learning how to protect himself by sliding and avoid getting hit.
Hue Jackson is banking on Griffin revitalizing his career and helping him become the man to finally turn around the Browns organization. Jackson has had success with numerous other NFL quarterbacks including Andy Dalton and Joe Flacco. Now it is up to Griffin to run with the great opportunity Jackson and the Browns have given him to redeem himself as a starting quarterback once again.
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