A former AAF star: Garrett Gilbert
If anyone will be able to push Drew Stanton for the second spot, it’s going to be Garrett Gilbert. A former sixth-round pick of the St. Louis Rams back in 2014, Gilbert has bounced all over the NFL before finally getting his moment in the sun — as a member of the Orlando Apollos of the now-defunct AAF.
Gilbert had stints with the Rams, New England Patriots, Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders, and Carolina Panthers before landing in the AAF. As an NFL player, he has just 40 career passing yards on 2-of-3 attempts. That came in 2018 with the Panthers.
With the Apollos, Gilbert was 157-of-259 for 2,152 yards with 13 touchdowns against just three picks. His team was one of the more popular in the short-lived league thanks to the offense that he and his teammates put up.
Should he catch on with the Browns, he would have that time in the AAF to thank for getting him this opportunity. The only question is whether he has to beat out Stanton to make the roster. Last year, Cleveland kept three quarterbacks and Gilbert seems like a shoo-in if they do that again in 2019. However, if they only want to keep two QBs, he could be in trouble.
The undrafted rookie: David Blough
Currently fourth on the depth chart is former Purdue quarterback David Blough. Signed in May as an undrafted free agent, Blough completed 61 percent of his passes while with the Boilermakers. His touchdown to interception ratio was 69-to-43, but the majority of those picks came in his sophomore campaign when he had 25 touchdowns and 21 interceptions.
Blough had some big games for Purdue, including a 572-yard performance against Missouri in 2018. He was also under center for the team’s huge upset win over Ohio State last season. Still, finding his way to this roster is going to be pretty tough. The best bet for Blough would be if Cleveland wanted to go two deep on the active roster and then add him to the practice squad.