Camp Battles: Browns' quarterback battle remains too close to call
In June, Mangini predicted the competition would not be decided until the final hours of training camp. "It'll be pretty clear as to who should have the spot," Mangini told reporters during the team's minicamp. "It just has to reveal itself."
If the team's recent scrimmage is a sign of things to come, the decision may not be as "clear" as Mangini predicts it will be. Quinn completed 11 of 19 passes for 121 yards (including a 51-yard touchdown to
It's a close race. Perhaps too close to call, at this point.
No matter, Mangini plans to remain patient -- a luxury fantasy owners do not have, which is why both quarterbacks are drifting in drafts this summer. The popular choice among fans is the fresh-faced Quinn, but is he the best choice for the Browns, and for fantasy owners?
To be clear, Ratliff will not be allowed to compete for the quarterback job in camp, but he could be a factor deep into the season. Ratliff comes to the team with Mangini from the Jets, where last year he sat behind Favre and
The future is now in Cleveland, where change is being made across the board. Why not at quarterback? Anderson was given every opportunity last year to duplicate his success but he just couldn't do it. Quinn figures to be the more consistent performer -- something fantasy owners desire from the quarterback spot.
Drafting data from this summer suggests fantasy owners have already made their clear choice: Quinn's Average RapidDraft Position has been 149th overall (21st among quarterbacks). Fantasy owners have picked Anderson at pick No. 268 on average (32nd among quarterbacks).
Neither player should be expected to duplicate Anderson's success from two seasons ago; the Browns are not the same team, and without tight end Kellen Winslow the offense is certainly not as well-equipped. However, the winner of this camp battle will be a viable No. 2 quarterback for fantasy owners, and someone capable of pulling off a few big weeks.