- Pat McManamon, ESPN Staff Writer
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But if these guys are the long-term answer to anything -- either backup or starting -- then so is the Statue of Liberty.
Young and Thigpen have spent years proving they cannot play, and the pair spent the entire 2013 season watching as not a single team -- the Browns included -- chose to sign them.
The image of Young in many minds is the guy standing under the confetti wearing a Texas Longhorns jersey after beating USC for the national title.
The more accurate one should be of Young from a year ago, when he couldn't make it as the Green Bay Packers' backup, even though they lacked a true backup coming out of preseason.
To be fair, everyone deserves a chance, and Young and Thigpen could revive their careers in Cleveland, which needs a backup and/or veteran to compete with Hoyer and the quarterback they probably will draft.
General manager Ray Farmer said he wants to take a look at each, and minicamp is a logical place to do so. In that regard it makes some sense. There’s nothing really to lose.
It would simply be wise to keep expectations realistic on this front.