The Browns add Vince Young and Tyler Thigpen for QB depth

Vince Young 2Vince Young is back in the NFL and he might have a shot at actually playing on the field for the first time since 2011. The Cleveland Browns added Young and Tyler Thigpen on Thursday when they signed both players to contracts.

Brian Hoyer had some success with Cleveland last season, he completed 59.4% of his passes for 205 yards per game, a pedestrian 6.4 yards per attempt with 5 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. His Passer Rating (82.4) wasn’t that impressive, but he was undefeated (3-0) in his starts and the Browns looked like an actual NFL team with him at the helm of the offense.

Young, who will be 31 later this month, is 31-19 as a starting QB and is expected to be Hoyer’s backup, but Hoyer is returning from knee surgery.

QB was an area of need with just Hoyer and Alex Tanney on the roster. However, a lot will depend on what Cleveland does in the draft, but with Hoyer and Young, it’s doubftful they spend a first round pick on a QB. Not when they can grab a player in the second or third rounds to groom for the future since none of their QB’s are a spring chicken (Hoyer will be 29 by the time the season starts). If they decide against drafting a QB now, they could upgrade other areas on the team.Vince Young

Young last played for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011 and he had some success. On November 27th, 2011 in against the New England Patriots, he completed 26 of 48 passes for 400 yards, one TD and one INT in a 38-20 loss. He also carried the ball six times for another 40 yards.

In seven seasons, Thigpen has appeared in 29 games, including 12 starts (1-11). The last time he played in the NFL was with the Buffalo Bills in 2012. If they draft a QB, he’s likely just a training camp body. Otherwise, he has a good chance as sticking as the third-stringer, assuming he can beat out Tanney.

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  1. I’m rooting for Vince but the Browns have two first round picks (#4 and #26). One of them has to be a quarterback. Has to be. Mike Pettine can’t afford to go with Hoyer, or Young as his starter.

  2. Also they have no loyalty to Hoyer. New coaching staff and general manager from last season.

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