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Hue Jackson: It’s ‘premature’ to discuss RG3’s future with Browns

Hue Jackson understands the onus is on him to help develop and groom a franchise quarterback. But the Cleveland Browns head coach insisted it’s “premature” to assume Robert Griffin III can’t fill that role.

A brutal 1-15 season in Jackson’s first year has landed the Browns the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Conventional wisdom suggests the Browns use the pick to draft its quarterback of the future. There are also available options via the free agency/trade route.

But Jackson pumped the brakes on the notion that RG3 is as good as gone.

“That’s interesting,” Jackson said from Mobile, Ala., the site of the Senior Bowl, via Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot. “Who made that announcement? I didn’t.”

Jackson stressed no decisions have been made concerning RG3 or who the team will take the first pick in the draft, saying of the latter, “It’s a little early. There’s still a lot of work to do to make those kinds of decisions.”

Jackson indicated any preconceived notions about how things will progress going forward should be set aside.

“Everything’s premature right now,” he said. “You guys haven’t heard that from me. So I wouldn’t read into any of that. My job is to continue to evaluate and look just like I told you guys I would. I haven’t come to any conclusions. Everybody else can jump to those conclusions but we’re going to keep looking at this thing.

“It’s too important to our football team, to our fan base, to our organization. We’ve got to make the right decision. We’ve got to make the right decision. We’ve got to get that part of it right, and I plan on doing that.”

A shoulder injury that limited RG3 to only five games hampered Jackson’s ability to adequately evaluate his presumed starting quarterback heading into last season. All told, Griffin didn’t dazzle but didn’t disappoint, either, completing 87 of 147 passes for 886 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions while rushing for 190 yards and two touchdowns.

In other words, the jury is still out on RG3. At least that’s what Jackson seems to think.