The Browns No, 2 quarterback last season returns this year but he’s not even guaranteed to make the roster.
Arguably the biggest star in the short-lived AAF, Garrett Gilbert turned his solid performance in that league into another chance at the NFL. In eight weeks for the Orlando Apollos, Gilbert had 2,152 yards with 13 touchdowns and just three picks.
Cleveland then brought him in for the 2019 season and he locked up the second spot. Gilbert did end up appearing in five games for Cleveland but was just 0-for-3 in passing attempts. Now, he seems as though he has the third spot locked up, provided they decide to take three signal-callers into the season.
Outside of the AAF, Gilbert’s only real damage has been done in the preseason. Before his 0-3 stat line from 2019, he was just 2-of-3 for 40 yards in his career, which all came in 2018 when he was a backup for the Carolina Panthers.
Possible practice squad player
Garrett Gilbert does have some competition this season and while he has the edge over their undrafted rookie, the younger signal-caller does have practice-squad eligibility, which is huge for him.
Coming out of Princeton, Kevin Davidson is a long-shot to make the Cleveland Browns roster but it’s not impossible. He’s got NFL size at 6-foot-4, and 224-pounds and has a strong arm as well. The problem is, he played against a lower level of competition and won’t have the preseason to show what he can do.
Still, the squad eligibility could be big for him as he could be the third quarterback for them while not taking up an active spot on the roster. Still, Gilbert is the much safer bet.