CLEVELAND -- Over the first five weeks of the 2016 regular season, the Cleveland Browns had five different players take snaps at quarterback due to injuries.
In the first three weeks, the Browns started three different players, Robert Griffin III, Josh McCown and Cody Kessler. With two -- McCown and Kessler -- considered day-to-day and Griffin out for another four weeks, the coaching staff and front office promoted rookie Kevin Hogan from the practice squad to the active roster ahead of Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium.
“It is pretty unbelievable,” Hogan said. “It is just one of those freak things that happens, but we have some tough guys back there. I know Josh is getting close and Cody is tough as nails. I am going to do whatever I can to help those guys and prepare myself so that if my number gets called, I am ready to go.”
In the 6-foot-3, 218-pound Hogan, the Browns have a signal-caller who completed 727 of his 1,103 pass attempts for 9,385 yards with 75 touchdowns against 29 interceptions. Proving adept at making plays in and out of the pocket, Hogan added 1,249 yards and 15 touchdowns on rushing plays.
Hogan entered the NFL after his best collegiate year, when he completed 206 of his 304 attempts for 2,867 yards and 27 touchdowns against eight interceptions during the 2015 season, one in which he led Stanford to 45-16 win over the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Rose Bowl.
“I’m very confident in myself,” Hogan said. “I think that I can lead the team. I felt great about how I did in college and leading that team at Stanford. I feel great in my ability to go out and be efficient, protect the ball and just execute the offense no matter what offense I’m in. I’m confident in myself. I’m not really worried about the other guys. I’m just worrying about me.”
A fifth-round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2016 NFL Draft, Hogan spent the first five weeks of the regular season on the Browns’ practice squad.
“You always want to prepare as if you are the starter,” Hogan said. “Due to the circumstances, I am going to be in my book even more and be watching tape even longer and just making sure that I am going through those mental gymnastics of making sure that I can spit out the play in the huddle and make sure I know where everyone is going and I can get through my reads, know where to go with the ball, get us into the right plays and execute the offense. I want to make sure I’m ready to do that.
“I’m just worrying about myself and making sure that I can do whatever I can to help this team. My job, if I get in there, is to be efficient, protect the football, get first downs, convert on third down and lead the offense in the red zone.”