4. Drew Stanton, Quarterback
Last season, the Browns offseason plan pointed to them doing everything in their power to keep rookie Baker Mayfield on the bench. The idea was to let him observe from the sidelines and get acclimated to the speed of the game at the NFL level. A big part of that plan was Tyrod Taylor who was added via trade with the Buffalo Bills and slated to start for the entire year.
More from Dawg Pound Daily
- How the Browns could maximize Nick Chubb in 2023
- Can Deshaun Watson get to Patrick Mahomes level for Cleveland Browns?
- 3 Cleveland Browns who should see an expanded role in 2023 and 1 who should not
- Is Marcus Davenport on the Browns radar in 2023?
- 5 Free agents from Super Bowl LVII Cleveland Browns should target
Another part of that plan was the signing of veteran Drew Stanton. Adding an experienced backup gave them a player capable of serving as the No. 2 behind Taylor. Of course, we all know now that Mayfield messed that plan up by outperforming Stanton and then supplanting Taylor when he was injured in Week 3.
Even though he ended up falling to No. 3 on the depth chart, Stanton served his purpose for the Browns because he was a good mentor to Mayfield as he learned the ropes. Heading into 2019, Stanton is slated to be the No. 2 now that Taylor headed to Los Angeles to join the Chargers. However, that job could be in jeopardy.
Stanton has competition for the second-string job thanks to the arrival of Garrett Gilbert who was a standout in the short-lived AAF. As the starter for the Orlando Apollos, Gilbert completed 60.6 percent of his passes for 2,152 yards while boasting a 13-to-3 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
Considering the help he provides Mayfield, Stanton should be fine in terms of the 53-man roster. He just may have to prove he should be on the active gameday roster over the former AAF star.