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Robert Griffin III: Browns offense has ‘the potential to be great’


Robert Griffin III is attempting to resurrect his NFL career with the Cleveland Browns. How encouraged he’s been by the offensive’s potential at the onset of training camp can only help that along.

Griffin acknowledged that in training camp, hope springs eternal for every NFL team. But with Corey Coleman, Terrelle Pryor, Gary Barnidge and Duke Johnson — and Josh Gordon once he returns from a four-game suspension — RG3 believes the Browns have the talent necessary to be a dangerous passing offense during the regular season.

“(We have) the potential to be great,” Griffin said Tuesday, via’s Mary Kay Cabot.  “I think all 32 teams look at their roster and say, ‘man, we got ’em.’ And it’s about the ones who grow together the best, come through training camp and get the best out of their season, and become gritty, win close games.

“When it’s winning time, we do the right things. It’s real exciting to see our roster, to see the guys and know that we do have some guys that aren’t completely healthy, and when they do get out here and are rolling, it can be even more fun.

“It’s my job to get them the ball, and I promise you, I’m going to do my best.”

RG3 praised the Browns’ receiving corps as a whole, touting the speed the team has on the outside. He then specifically singled out Corey Coleman, whom the Browns selected with the 15th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, for his speed and willingness to work.

Griffin has shown some flashes of what made him a star during the Browns’ offseason activities, but it’s not all been great, either. The Browns presumably want Griffin to seize the starting quarterback job. And for all intents and purposes, it’s his job to lose, with Josh McCown and Austin Davis sitting behind him on the depth chart as second- and third-string, respectively.

All told, the Browns are relatively inexperienced at the receiver position, especially until Gordon’s return in Week 5. It will be up to whoever is delivering the ball, presumably Griffin at first, to help them along.