Browns to try out Young, Thigpen

BEREA, Ohio -- Prior to the start of their voluntary mini-camp in Berea this week, the Cleveland Browns invited NFL veteran quarterbacks Vince Young and Tyler Thigpen to try out for the team.

Young was the third overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans and spent the first five years of his career there before moving on to join the Philadelphia Eagles. However, Young has not taken a regular-season snap since that season with the Eagles in 2011.

"The interest in Vince is he's been productive," Browns general manager Ray Farmer said. "He's had success in the National Football League. We wanted to take the opportunity to get a chance and see where he was.

"We've kind of been following him through the offseason, and he had been some things that caught our eye and made us kind of take note. We wanted to see what that looked like in his own timeframe. When the opportunity was right, and mini-camp seemed to be the appropriate time, we brought him in."

In his 60-game career, Young has completed 755 of 1,304 attempts for 8,964 yards with 46 touchdowns against 51 interceptions. A mobile quarterback when he came into the NFL out of the University of Texas, Young also rushed for 1,459 yards, 12 touchdowns and 85 first downs on 282 attempts.

Like Young, Thigpen offers a dual threat with his mobility out of the backfield. Thigpen has rushed for 469 yards and three touchdowns on 79 career carries.

"I think it's a piece to the puzzle," Farmer said of a quarterback's mobility. "I wouldn't say it's the top piece. They both are mobile. They both are very good athletes. They both had relative success, but that's a good piece.

"(Browns offensive coordinator) Kyle (Shanahan) would tell you that he likes a quarterback that is mobile. The offense is definitely going to require the quarterback to do different things, throw on the move, play out the pocket to some degree, and so, I think that's a fair assessment."

Last season, the Browns were in need of quarterback depth when Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell were fighting through injury issues after Brian Hoyer was lost for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on Oct. 3.

Instead of going after Young, the Browns signed Alex Tanney off the Dallas Cowboys' practice squad.

This time around, the Browns wanted to see what Young could bring to the table.

"When you talk about any one player and him fitting into a place, styles make fights," said Farmer, who was the Browns' assistant general manager last season. "If a guy doesn't fit with a potential coach or scheme that we're operating, then, those guys get passed over.

"Now, that there may be an opportunity for a fit, you tend to be a little bit more aggressive or follow guys differently. Inevitably, you've got to find guys who fit what you do and then, ask them to do those things."


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