Three and out: Griffin a candidate for Browns

Holmgren won’t anoint Colt McCoy: Browns President Mike Holmgren announced last week that there will be a quarterback competition next season to determine a starter between McCoy, Seneca Wallace and … Robert Griffin III? It could happen, as Griffin has declared for the 2012 NFL Draft and the Browns have the fourth overall selection in April’s rookie extravaganza. That’s an exciting proposition for a team that hasn’t had a consistent signal-caller since, well, before it returned to the league via expansion in 1999. If Holmgren and the Browns do land the Baylor product, it’s hard to envision a scenario where McCoy is more than a backup — and Griffin doesn’t emerge into a potential fantasy sleeper in both seasonal and dynasty leagues.

Browns to retain Peyton Hillis?: Let’s stick with the Browns, who could also decide to pass on RG3 and go after a running back with their first selection in the draft — Alabama’s Trent Richardson would be the likely choice. Of course, that all depends on what the team does with Hillis after his Madden-cursed disaster of a 2011 season. General manager Tom Heckert told the Canton Repository that he plans to talk Hillis’ representatives “in the next week or so,” and that the team “wouldn’t be adverse to bringing him back.” Not a ringing endorsement, is it? Whatever the scenario, Hillis’ fantasy value is in a serious state of flux at this point.

Jennings looking good at practice: The best fantasy wideout in Green Bay this season was, surprisingly, Jordy Nelson and not Greg Jennings. Of course, a big part of that was the fact that Jennings missed the final three games with a bum knee. The veteran looks like a go for this weekend’s divisional round matchup against the Giants, however, and needs to be considered a viable option in the NFL Fantasy Playoff Challenge. While I’d still start Nelson over Jennings, if I had to decide between the two, reports on the latter have been positive. In fact, the Green Bay Press-Gazette believes the Packers expect to have a “sharp, effective” Jennings out on the gridiron. He’s the fifth-ranked wideout for the NFL Playoff Challenge this week.

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