Freddie Kitchens seems to be leaning toward keeping three quarterbacks on the 53-man roster

Getty Images

In recent years, more and more teams have kept only two quarterbacks on the active roster. It sounds like, if Browns coach Freddie Kitchens gets his way, the Browns will have three.

“I was in Arizona when we carried two quarterbacks, and we lost one and then we lost one in the game — the most nightmarish situation that you can have,” Kitchens told reporters on Tuesday. “Two weeks in a row, we signed a quarterback on Wednesday or Tuesday and played with him on Sunday. I do not want to be in that situation.”

This means that the Browns may keep a quarterback to serve as the emergency option behind Baker Mayfield and Drew Stanton. Former AAF star Garrett Gilbert could get the nod.

“We like Garrett,” Kitchens said. “I like Garrett on what he has done up to this point. We have not even started playing preseason yet. I do not know about the final [roster]. I do not want to crown him just yet.”

The risk for the Browns, and every other team that sheds its third-string quarterback is clear: That third quarterback, if cut on August 31, may be long gone if/when you need him during the season, given the XFL’s plan to squat quickly on quarterbacks who are cut when the rosters move from 90 to 53 players.

13 responses to “Freddie Kitchens seems to be leaning toward keeping three quarterbacks on the 53-man roster

  1. Gilbert and Baker went to the same high school, Lake Travis in Austin. Back in my day Gilbert’s father was a SD Chargers back-up QB and Garrett was a 5 star can’t miss HS prospect.

  2. why not, Mayfield is a rising star but not in Brady’s class yet, i.e look at #12 wrong and the ref throws the flag lol

  3. Having somebody take up a spot on the 53-man roster just in case you happen to lose 2 QBs in the same game is a luxury most teams don’t have. Especially when you can basically guarantee you’re going to be short at some positions (line, d-back, etc) from week-to-week as the season grinds on. And to top it all off the way teams typically practice it means the third-stringer will get ZERO reps beyond running the opponents’ offense with the scout team.

  4. You could try to stash a young guy on the practice squad as an emergency backup. At least he’d know the offense and have a bit of familiarity with the team.

  5. Every coach would like to keep an extra qb.

    But saying by having a third string qb would better then one off the street, it is the same thing. Season would be done regardless. Maybe you get lucky, and he is a stud. Most likely not.

  6. jchemengr says:
    August 6, 2019 at 5:41 pm
    Love the fact that the Browns fans are already calling him “Baker” like he’s Beyonce or Madonna.
    —————
    Didn’t realize Baker was his stage name.

  7. Hopefully qbs 2 and 3 never see the field. I hope Freddy has Baker practicing the QB slide everyday. Bake, don’t take the hits and go out of bounds when necessary!

  8. You could try to stash a young guy on the practice squad as an emergency backup. At least he’d know the offense and have a bit of familiarity with the team.

    ——————–

    no. any team, at any time can take a guy off of the practice squad. sure, they got to dress him, but snaging a young talented guy, especially a qb is smart, even if it is to hurt a divisional foe. so if the Red Rocket goes down, they would put in Driskell whomever, but then they could just pluck Garrett off of the Browns practce squad and then dress him, if not play him. they should just go to 60 man roster, 50 gameday dress.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.