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QB Robert Griffin III - Cleveland Browns

6-2, 223Born: 2-12-1990College: BaylorDrafted: Round 1, pick 2

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Robert Griffin III suffered a fracture in his non-throwing shoulder in Week 1. He has been placed on injured reserve, though there is a possibility he returns mid-season if he receives the designated-for-return designation.

Week 3: at Miami Dolphins

All QB vs MIA

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Cleveland, we have a problem. Josh McCown is out for an indefinite period due to his injured shoulder, and Robert Griffen III is already on IR. In desperation, Charlie Whitehurst was signed off the street this week, but he has no reps to speak of in the Cleveland offense. That's right, Browns' fans, it's (rookie) Cody Kessler time at quarterback! We don't blame you if you aren't excited by this prospect. Kessler has not shone in his chances this season - according to Footballguys.com's Fourth Training Camp Update 'The Browns hope that rookie Cody Kessler will not need to see game action any time soon, as he has not performed especially well in game situations.' On September 15, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Kessler is 'not close to being ready to play.' It may be time to consider other fantasy options at wide receiver and tight end until we see if the Browns' coaches have been able to coach Kessler up during his reps with the first team. Miami is currently 17th in the NFL averaging 272.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with four passing scores given out vs. one interception and five sacks generated through two games. Over the first two weeks of the season, Miami has averaged 23.5 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (ninth-most in the NFL); and 27.9 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (10th-most); with 10.6 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (seventh-most). Two weak units face off in this game - since Miami has home field advantage, and since Kessler is a rookie, we rank this a tough matchup for the Browns.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
1 at PHI 51 12 26 190 0 1 5 37 0 0 11.2
2 vs BAL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 at MIA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 at MIA PROJ-Tremblay * 0 0 * * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 1 vs PHI (12 / 26 / 190 / 0 / 1 pass, 5 / 37 / 0 rush)

Griffin played marginally well in the first half of Sunday's game before his protection fell apart in the second half. The Eagles started bringing continual pressure which really threw the offense off kilter. Griffin missed several opportunities to throw for touchdowns on Sunday, overthrowing Andrew Hawkins in the end zone twice and throwing too wide of Terrelle Pryor on the left side of the end zone. Griffin can't take all the blame on his interception as his pass to Corey Coleman appeared on target before a defender tipped it into the air, leading to the turnover. Center Cameron Erving's bad snap took place with 10:54 remaining in the third quarter and from that point on the Browns really struggled to move the ball. Griffin rarely had much time to throw, resulting in several rushed off target pass attempts. He did look quick as ever rushing the ball, but he injured his left shoulder on a play that could have been avoided in the fourth quarter. He lowered his shoulder into a Philadelphia defender while heading out of bounds, a move which did not look necessary. Josh McCown was seen warming up on the sidelines, but Griffin did return for the Browns' final possession of the game, only to hand off to Isaiah Crowell three times.

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Latest News

Browns | Cleveland on fifth QB in five games (Mon Sep 19, 08:31 PM) - Cleveland Browns QB Cody Kessler will be the fifth starting quarterback in as many games for the Browns. Going back to the last two weeks of last season, the Browns have started former QBs Johnny Manziel and Austin Davis and QBs Robert Griffin III (shoulder), Josh McCown (shoulder) and now Kessler. Cleveland is the second team since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 to start five different quarterbacks in five straight games, according to Elias.

Our View: Wow....just wow. Hey, at least you have LeBron and the Cavs!
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Browns | Robert Griffin to miss at least 10 weeks (Sun Sep 18, 09:59 AM) - Updating previous reports, Cleveland Browns QB Robert Griffin III (shoulder) is now expected to be sidelined for 10 to 12 weeks with a fractured coracoid bone in his left shoulder, according to multiple sources.

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Browns | Cleveland won't trade for quarterback (Mon Sep 12, 06:03 PM) - Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson said the Browns will not trade for a quarterback despite QB Robert Griffin III (shoulder) being placed on the Reserve/Injured list. QB Josh McCown will start, with QB Cody Kessler likely serving as the backup.

Our View: The Browns have to see what Griffin looks like when he's reevaluated in three to four weeks. In the meantime, McCown is their veteran starter with plenty of experience at the top of a depth chart. Kessler was picked up in the third round, and he could develop into their QB of the future. If there's a silver lining it's the fact that McCown has strong chemistry with TE Gary Barnidge. Other than that, the offense isn't going to look drastically different without Griffin.
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Schedule

3@ Miami Dolphins
4@ Washington Redskins
5vs New England Patriots
6@ Tennessee Titans
7@ Cincinnati Bengals
8vs New York Jets
9vs Dallas Cowboys
10@ Baltimore Ravens
11vs Pittsburgh Steelers
12vs New York Giants
13--- BYE WEEK ---
14vs Cincinnati Bengals
15@ Buffalo Bills
16vs San Diego Chargers
17@ Pittsburgh Steelers