The Facts: Griffin is back atop a depth chart for the first time in more than a year. The former NFL rookie of the year and No. 2 overall pick was named Cleveland's starting quarterback Monday in an announcement made by the club. HC Hue Jackson had hoped to name a permanent starter before the team's first preseason game against the Green Bay Packers on Friday. "It's time," Jackson said in the release. "Robert has earned the right to be named the starting quarterback of the Cleveland Browns."
Diehards Line:The announcement is no surprise. Despite Cleveland drafting a quarterback in 2016 (USC's Cody Kessler) and Josh McCown's presence on the roster, a majority of the focus was on hoisting Griffin, a fallen star once thought by some to be the preferred alternative to Colts quarterback Andrew Luck just five years ago. As NFL.com suggests, this is the type of high-upside gamble that could make the Browns more competitive than initially expected in 2016 -- or allow them to settle at the bottom of the AFC North like a few analysts have projected. Jackson has been marketed as a quarterback whisperer and is hell-bent on developing Griffin into an effective option both on and off the field.