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Kellen Mond, Dorian Thompson-Robinson to handle QB duties vs. Jets in Hall of Fame Game

Both quarterbacks will split the snaps as Deshaun Watson and Joshua Dobbs rest.

08-01-2023 QB battle

The Browns will allow two of their backup QBs competing for roles in the quarterback room to handle duties under center Thursday in the Hall of Fame Game against the Jets. 

Head coach Kevin Stefanski announced Tuesday that third-year veteran QB Kellen Mond will play in the first half of the game and rookie fifth-rounder Dorian Thompson-Robinson will play in the second half. 

Deshaun Watson and Joshua Dobbs will each be given a rest day and allow the other two QBs to make their Browns debuts.

"I'm really excited," Mond said. "First time putting a Browns jersey on in a game, going to be able to start a Hall of Fame game and getting off to a good start in training camp. So I'm really excited."

Check out photos of the team during the seventh day of Training Camp back at CrossCountry Mortgage Campus

For Mond, who hasn't played in a game since last appearing in preseason action for the Vikings last year, the opportunity is a chance to prove in a real-game setting he can contribute at the NFL level.

Mond, a 2021 third-round pick, appeared in one regular season game with the Vikings as a rookie.

"I think when you start to get more experience in the NFL, you start to realize whatever you put on tape is going to be what people think of you and going to be your results," Mond said. "So every time you step on the field, your goal should be to put good film on tape, play well, execute, and at the end of the day, put the ball in the end zone."

Browns fifth-round pick Dorian Thompson-Robinson will take his turn after Dobbs. The UCLA product is excited to strap on an NFL uniform for the first time and carry over the nice rhythm he's been able to find in his first two weeks of training camp practices.

"It's going to be super exciting," Thompson-Robinson said. "I'm obviously going to have family there and close friends, so super excited to be able to have them there and share that experience with me. But I'm ready to just go out there and get an opportunity to play. Being a rookie, you don't really get as much practice reps, so finally being able to get in the game, the time is yours and you get to go out there and show what you can do. It's fun for me."

Thompson-Robinson stated that he's been working hard to understand the playbook and develop into a well-rounded professional.

"I think I've done really well," Thompson-Robinson said. "Just grasping the playbook, learning my teammates, learning how Coach Stefanski wants things done both on the field and off the field. So just trying to become a complete pro and making sure that I'm setting an example."

The Hall of Fame game will start at 8 p.m. at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton.