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CLEVELAND — Despite not taking a snap last season for the Redskins, Robert Griffin III never doubted he'd be a starting quarterback again.

His belief became reality Monday, when Browns coach Hue Jackson named Griffin the starter.

"As long as you don't give up and you keep working, you'll get another opportunity," Griffin said.

Jackson, who chose Griffin after a weekend in which the 26-year-old helped the first-team offense in successful scrimmages, has lofty standards for Griffin to keep the job.

"He has gained the respect from his teammates, the coaching staff and the entire organization that is necessary for him to lead our offense and really the entire team," Jackson said. "We expect him to continue to ascend as he becomes more and more acclimated to the offensive system we will employ this season."

Griffin beat out Josh McCown for the starting spot, leaving the 37-year-old former Buc's future with the Browns in doubt.

Griffin signed a two-year, $15 million free agent contract in March and has taken the majority of first-team reps during organized team activities and training camp. McCown felt he got a fair chance in the competition, despite a lack of first-team reps.

"Not in any way or shape do I think it was unfair." McCown said. "I think it was exactly how it needed to be for them to fairly evaluate things and I trust their judgment."

McCown, who started eight games for Cleveland in 2015 before breaking his collarbone, is reportedly a top trade target for the Cowboys, who need a backup after Kellen Moore broke his right ankle last week.

Griffin last started in 2014, with the Redskins.

In other Browns news, former UF cornerback Joe Haden (ankle) was activated from the physically unable to perform list.

LANCE MoORE RETIRES: Receiver Lance Moore retired, telling the Falcons his heart wasn't in it three days after signing as a free agent. Coach Dan Quinn said he admired Moore's integrity. Moore, a former longtime Saints receiver, was competing for the No. 5 spot behind Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu, Justin Hardy, Eric Weems and possibly rookie Devin Fuller. Moore, 32, had 389 receptions for 4,816 yards and 44 touchdowns in eight years with New Orleans. He had a combined 43 catches the last two years with Pittsburgh and Detroit.

JETS: Running back Khiry Robinson was activated from the active/physically-unable-to-perform list after sitting out the start of training camp while rehabilitating from a broken leg. The Jets also signed wide receiver Anthony Kelly, who had been with the Bucs during the spring after being signed as an undrafted free agent out of Kutztown.

SAINTS: Receiver Hakeem Nicks was waived.

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