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Browns to name No.1 QB before first preseason game

The Cleveland Browns don't plan to waste any time naming a starting quarterback.

Coach Hue Jackson told reporters on Thursday that he plans pick his first-string signal-caller "before the first preseason game," per Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer.

The Browns, who welcomed their veterans to training camp on Thursday, have four quarterbacks on the roster: Robert Griffin III, Josh McCown, Austin Davis and rookie Cody Kessler. The assumption is that Griffin is viewed as the lead horse, but the former Redskins passer didn't play a down last season and has yet to rekindle the magic he unfurled during his rookie season in 2012. 

McCown has the best shot to steal the show after playing well in spurts for the team last season, but we wouldn't be surprised to see multiple quarterbacks make starts for the Browns this season.

The team plays its first preseason tilt against the Green Bay Packers on Aug. 11. It would make sense to see all these arms in action before choosing a starter, but Jackson -- a proven quarterback-whisperer -- was hired to solve the team's long-standing issues under center. Per his own words, he plans to name his guy sooner than later.

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