Robert Griffin III wanted an opportunity to become a starting quarterback again.
The former Heisman Trophy winner and No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft moved on from the Washington Redskins after being beaten out by Kirk Cousins and was awarded that opportunity with the Cleveland Browns.
On Monday morning, head coach Hue Jackson announced that RGIII had won the starting job, beating out the likes of Josh McCown and rookie Cody Kessler.
“It’s time. Robert has earned the right to be named the starting quarterback of the Cleveland Browns,” Jackson said in a statement released. “Since he was signed back in March, Robert has made it clear through his actions that he is willing to do everything that has been asked of him to earn this role. Throughout this process he has gained the respect from his teammates, the coaching staff and the entire organization that is necessary for him to lead our offense and really the entire team.”
Griffin III last played in an NFL game in the Redskins Week 8 blowout loss to the Cowboys in 2014. He spent the entire 2015 season on the bench behind Cousins, and was granted the opportunity to revive his career elsewhere.
When he opens the regular season under center for the Browns in Week 1 against the Eagles, Griffin III will be the 25th starting quarterback the team has had since 1999.
RGIII will make his return to the nation's capital in Week 4 when the Browns face the Redskins on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 1:00 p.m. Griffin's former Redskins teammate Will Compton was happy to see RGIII back in the saddle.
The Browns open up preseason play on Friday against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field at 8:00 p.m.
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