Done Deal: Browns Make Starting QB Decision After Joe Flacco Signing….

The Cleveland Browns signed veteran quarterback Joe Flacco on November 19, but Dorian Thompson-Robinson is expected to remain the starter for the time being.

Flacco will come in and play a “mentor” role for Thompson-Robinson, per Mary Kay Cabot of Flacco, who will turn 39 in January, will likely jump PJ Walker on the depth chart once he gets a handle on the offense, and the Browns can turn to the former Super Bowl MVP if things go south with their young gun.

Thompson-Robinson hanging on to the starting quarterback spot was also reported by Zac Jackson of The Athletic. However, he noted, Flacco could be an option in the coming weeks.

Right now, expect Thompson-Robinson to remain the Browns’ starter and for the team’s primary focus to be on the rookie’s improvement,” Jackson said. “But Flacco is a big, strong-armed insurance policy who could be an option at some point in December.”

Browns Praise Dorian Thompson-Robinson After Win

The Browns worked out Flacco on Friday following the news of Deshaun Watson’s season-ending shoulder injury. He was the only quarterback the Browns took a closer look at after evaluating their options.

Cabot pointed out that having Flacco installed as a veteran leader in the quarterback room is important with Watson likely departing from the team for a significant stretch of time as he gets surgery on the broken bone in his shoulder and begins his rehab on the West Coast.

Flacco has seen it all in his 15 seasons and is familiar with the AFC North, spending the majority of his career with the Baltimore Ravens.

The Browns started Thompson-Robinson against the Steelers on Sunday and he was able to help them to a 13-10 victory. The rookie left much to be desired for most of the afternoon but came in clutch down the stretch with a game-winning drive.

Those are big moments where you’re looking for your guy to come through. He came through,” Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said after the game. “Made some big plays throughout that drive, made big plays throughout the game. I know it wasn’t perfect at all times, but he came through when it mattered.”

Thompson-Robinson also got a vote of confidence from the defense, with cornerback Greg Newsome showing his support.

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