The Robert Griffin III reclamation project officially launches Sunday in Philadelphia.
RGIII begins the season in Cleveland after three years of injury, poor play and benchings in Washington. With the Browns in full-on rebuild mode — shedding players for draft picks seemingly by the week — the expectation is that Griffin is keeping the spot warm for a future high draft pick.
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Browns head of football operations Sashi Brown dismissed the assumption that RGIII is merely a stopgap.
“To be fair to Robert, he’s young in his career in terms of his development as a quarterback,” Brown said, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “We will develop him over time to wholesale NFL jerseys. He’s under contract here two years, but we don’t look at it as certainly just a two-year venture or a week-to-week venture.
“This is something we’re going to have to stick by him, put the right pieces around him and help him learn how to play that position as well. So it’s not a short-term kind of look at him.”
In April, the Browns traded the No. 2 overall pick to Philadelphia after deciding Carson Wentz wasn’t the quarterback they wanted to build around. Sunday’s tilt won’t be a referendum on Wentz, RGIII or the trade.
“Both sides should be excited (about the trade),” said Brown. “They went out and got a quarterback that was highly touted that has a lot of ability and potential, and we were able to position ourselves to not only get a wide receiver that we covet but also acquire some additional draft picks and build for the future. As I’ve said before, it’s a decision that both franchises have to make wholesale jerseys.
“It was a fair trade, it was a good trade for both sides and people love to judge them on the back end. The reality is you have to judge them at the time you have to make the decision and we both felt good. Howie (Roseman) is a good friend and excellent manager of his team and look forward to seeing what Carson develops into, and what our side of the trade turns into as well.”
Too many people try to decide who “won” a trade right away. We won’t know how the moves will ultimately shake out for each team for years to come. Sunday’s tilt is merely one step in the journey.
From one reclamation project to another, the Browns are trying to rebuild their offense.
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The team signed former Patriots fourth-round pick Josh Boyce jersey on Sunday. Boyce has three starts and nine receptions to his credit over the past three NFL seasons. He was cut by the Indianapolis Colts jerseys last week after their preseason opener.
Head coach Hue Jackson’s offense has no shortage of playmakers from unconventional backgrounds at the moment, with former quarterback Terrelle Pryor standing out as the top deep-threat wide receiver on the club. Boyce, who has always been a wide receiver and is one of the most productive scorers in TCU football history, is known as much for his sprinting ability.
The 5-11 wideout enters the mix at a time of great excitement but great uncertainty in Cleveland. Perhaps Jackson can find a more productive outlet for Boyce’s combination of speed and hands. His arrival could also be a challenge to Taylor Gabriel, who occupies a similar role in the offense at the moment.
The Cleveland Browns jerseys have been through hell and back with Josh Gordon. They aren’t about to part ways with the oft-suspended wideout now that he’s finally ready to play.
NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo reported Friday on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football that the Browns had conversations with teams about Gordon and were willing to part ways with him in exchange for “a second-round pick and then some.” However, the Browns are no longer trying to shop the wide receiver, who will serve a four-game suspension to open the year before returning against the Patriots in Week 5.
The Browns aren’t simply a farm team sitting around waiting to feed Gordon to the Patriots or some other playoff-bound franchise looking for a “final piece of the puzzle.” Not unless they’re getting a king’s ransom in return.