BEREA,Ohio--Hue Jackson said at the beginning of the Organized Team Activities (OTA) that he might be ready to name a starting quarterback by the end of the weekly sessions.
However, with the end of OTA's on Wednesday, Jackson said he's still not ready to name his starter, but said a lot of good things about Robert Griffin III.
“I think he has made tremendous strides, I really do," Jackson said. "He is getting better and growing each and every day. I am very proud of the work he has put in. I have said it from Day 1 that all of these guys just have to put their heads down and work, and he has done that. It has not been perfect all the time, but it has been really good.
"I see glimpses of it being extremely good," Jackson continued. "That is what we are chasing. That is at every position. I know that we are talking about Robert, but it is like that at every position. My goal is for these guys all to be the best that they can be at what they do, whether it is the quarterback, running back, line, defense, secondary, whoever. It is our job as coaches to create the environment for them to do that. That is all I am trying to do for Robert. That is all (associate head coach – offense) Pep (Hamilton) is doing that for that whole entire group is doing anything we can to help these guys be the best they can be, which ultimately helps our football team be the best that they can be.”
Jackson said with next week's mandatory veteran minicamp, he and his staff will have another week to look at the five quarterbacks. After the minicamp, the team will break until the end of July when training camp begins. Besides, Griffin III, the Browns have Josh McCown, Austin Davis, Connor Shaw and rookie third-round draft pick Cody Kessler on the roster. Jackson was asked if he was ready to name his starter yet.
"I don't think so. I’m seeing the improvement out of the whole group that I am looking for, but we still have a little bit more that I need to see to feel very comfortable and confident in saying, ‘This is our guy,’ Jackson said. "I think they are all competing extremely hard and extremely well. When the time is right, trust me, you guys will be the first to know what that is that we are going to do. I feel very comfortable that we have enough candidates at the position that people are starting to emerge.
"I want to feel very good, along with the staff, about naming that guy because it is more than just playing the position – I hope we all understand that and that there is more to it than that," he said. "There are a lot of different hats that man wears. I have to make sure for our football team, for our city, and for our opportunity to win that we make the right choice and not just the fast choice.”
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