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Browns 2016 training camp position breakdown: QBs

We're less than two weeks away from the Browns' first training camp under head coach Hue Jackson.

As such, we'll dive deep into each position group and analyze what we'll be looking for when practice resumes July 29.

In appropriate fashion, we're starting at the top with a position that's taken much of the spotlight over the past few months.


The cast

Josh McCown

Robert Griffin III

Austin Davis

Cody Kessler

What happened at OTAs?: Hue Jackson made good on his word to give every quarterback on the roster a fair shake at leading Cleveland's offense. While Griffin finished OTAs and minicamp taking a handful of first-team reps, Jackson has been clear he hasn't named a starter at quarterback and won't do so until training camp or later.

Under the radar: A third-round draft pick out of USC, Kessler enters his first training camp having made a strong impression in offseason workouts. Now, he's focused on taking the next step. "I want to come into camp and act like I've been in this offense for 10 years, I want to be completely understanding of everything, I want to know how to read defenses in the NFL, I want to know how many different looks there are so that eliminates hesitation for me going into (training) camp," Kessler said in June. "I don't want to stay comfortable, I don't want to go a month away and just lose everything. I want to get farther ahead and jump ahead. That's always been me, just the work ethic, this next month is going to be very crucial to me."

Variables to consider: Known for his tutoring of quarterbacks, much has been made about Jackson's ability to mold signal callers. After all, Jackson had a hand in drafting Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco to Baltimore and helped Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton become one of the league's top passers. As such, there's a certain notion that he'll be able to do the same with the Browns QBs. Jackson, though, has made it clear that it's less about him and more about Cleveland's coaching staff creating an environment in which Griffin, McCown, Davis and Kessler can be successful. "Everything we do is about the quarterback. We create an environment to make our quarterbacks precious. Our practices are about the quarterback. Our meetings are about the quarterback," Jackson said in March. "We look through this through the eyes of the quarterback, not so much through the eyes of anything else. Because we all know, if your quarterback plays well in the National Football League, you have a chance to win. And if he doesn't, you have no chance at winning. That's how we see it."

Quote to note: "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.' 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. 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." — Hue Jackson in June following the Browns' veteran minicamp.

How many were kept last year?: Two on the 53-man roster; Davis signed Sept. 7 

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