The Browns announced that quarterback Jeff Driskel will be the starting quarterback on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals in the final game of the regular season. This is in order to allow quarterback Joe Flacco to rest in a game that carries zero meaning in regard to playoff positioning.
Driskel started his college career at Florida and then subsequently transferred to Louisiana Tech.
Cleveland signed Driskel off of the Arizona Cardinals practice squad. He’s 30 years old and was originally drafted in 2016 by the San Fransico 49ers in the 6th round pick 207. He’s been on the 49ers, Bengals, Lions, Broncos, Texans, Cardinals and now the Browns.
Quite a well-traveled backup quarterback.
“When you get an opportunity to get on a 53-man roster, you take it.” – Driskel to Browns media.
In his career, Driskel played in 22 games, has gone 216/365 passing, 2,228 yards, 14 touchdowns compared to eight interceptions.
It will be interesting to see how Driskel plays in a game where the Browns are resting their starters and he’ll be amongst a set of backup players.
The only thing of substance I would make of this game with Driskel starting is if the quarterback shows anything of value, the Browns could keep him in mind if a future backup quarterback is needed for the team. Other than that, it carries about as much value as me playing football during recess back in my prime in 3rd grade.
This will be the 5th different starting quarterback for the Browns this season.