BEREA, Ohio— The Browns offense has only been practicing together for five days at the team’s training camp and perhaps it’s most notable member is already impressed.
Robert Griffin III has taken most of the first-team reps with the offense during camp thus far and has seen something special in the group.
"Potential to be great,” Griffin said. “It's real exciting to see our roster, to see the guys and know that we do have some guys that aren't completely healthy and when they do get out here and start rolling it can be even more fun.”
While Griffin is impressed specifically with the physicality of the offense— especially from the guys up front on the line— he knows too that every team in the league probably has a similar belief about their own unit.
“I think all 32 teams right now look at their roster and say, 'Man, we've got them,” Griffin said. “It’s about the ones who grow together the best, come through training camp and get the best out of their season and become gritty, win close games, when it's winning time, do the right things.”
Griffin is still getting to know some of the playmakers on Cleveland’s offense, including Duke Johnson, Gary Barnidge and others, but he’s already very familiar with a guy who has yet to perform at the NFL level.
Rookie WR Corey Coleman made an impression on Griffin as they spent time together at Baylor and as they worked out this summer in California, but now that the pass-catcher is on an NFL field, the quarterback continues to like what he’s seen.
“His speed flashes every day. He’s a dynamic player,” Griffin said. “He made the effort to come out, to come work out when he could be off. He could be in the Bahamas or something sipping on Pina Coladas or whatever he wanted to do, and he came out to work and I think that's important for him.”
The Baylor connection between Griffin and Coleman— along with WR Josh Gordon— plays a role in their quick camaraderie, but the quarterback assured that there is no “Baylor bias.”
In fact, he believes that all of the Browns receivers have made solid impressions thus far.
“They’ve all done a great job. There’s no shortage of speed for us at wide receiver and there won’t be,” Griffin said. “These guys are like a track team running up and down the field… I think all of us have been impressed with our receiving corps and what they can do.”
As he makes connections with his wideouts. Griffin has yet to be named the starter for the Browns.
Though he’s taking the field as if he’s the starter each day, he’s not anxious for coach Hue Jackson to make any decision.
When the decision is made, no matter what it may be, he’s confident that the starting quarterback will be supported by every player in the room and on the team.
“There’s no eagerness to it,” Griffin said. “You can’t control when coach makes a decision, how he makes a decision. One thing we all know is we’re all going to have each other’s back, so no matter what happens, we’re all going to be there for each other, we’re all going to have each other’s back and we’re all Cleveland Browns.”
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