Jake Browning

American football player (born 1996)

American football player
Jake Browning
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Browning playing in the 2019 Rose Bowl
No. 6 – Cincinnati Bengals
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1996-04-11) April 11, 1996 (age 28)
Folsom, California, U.S.
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school:Folsom
College:Washington (2015–2018)
Undrafted:2019
Career history
  • Minnesota Vikings (2019–2021)*
  • Cincinnati Bengals (2021–present)
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2023
Passing attempts:243
Passing completions:171
Completion percentage:70.4%
TD–INT:12–7
Passing yards:1,936
Passer rating:98.4
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Jacob Christopher Browning (born April 11, 1996) is an American football quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Washington Huskies and signed with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2019.

Early years

Browning attended Folsom High School in Folsom, California. At Folsom, Browning had a 4.0 grade point average and set national and state high school records. In 46 games, he completed 1,191 of 1,708 attempts for 16,775 yards and 229 touchdowns, all California records. The 229 touchdowns also broke the national record held by Maty Mauk.[1] As a senior, he threw for a national-record 91 touchdown passes. He also passed for a California record of 5,790 yards, which broke his record from his junior year. Browning was the Gatorade Football Player of the Year during his junior and senior years.[2][3]

Browning was rated as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com and was ranked as the third-best pro-style recruit in his class.[4] He committed to the University of Washington to play college football.[5] Browning studied at the university's Foster School of Business, as a direct admit into their Business Administration program his freshman year.

College career

Freshman

In his first year at Washington, Browning became the second ever (in any game) true freshman to start at the quarterback position at UW (the other was Marques Tuiasosopo[6] vs. Oregon in 1997)[7] and the first true freshman to start a season opener for the Huskies. In his first career start, he completed 20 of 34 passes for 150 yards and one interception.[8][9]

Sophomore

In his sophomore year, Browning performed on a much higher level, guiding UW to a 12–2 record, and the Huskies' first conference championship since 2000.[10] He set a new record for touchdowns per attempt at 12.2%. On November 29, he was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year and first-team all-Pac-12. Browning came in sixth in the 2016 Heisman Trophy voting, narrowly missing an invitation to attend the award ceremony in New York City.[11] His sixth-place finish is the third-best Heisman voting finish in school history, behind Michael Penix Jr. who finished second and Steve Emtman who finished fourth.

Browning underwent shoulder surgery on his throwing arm a couple of weeks after facing Alabama in the College Football Playoff. His injury was kept secret for nearly two months, and some commentators have speculated as to a connection between the injury and Browning's reduced performance in the later portion of the season.[12]

Junior

Browning started all 13 games of the 2017 season at quarterback, was named to the Academic All-Pac-12 second-team, was an honorable mention All-Pac-12, and broke the UW career touchdown passes record this year. Browning completed 230 of his attempted 336 throws, which was his highest throwing percentage. He threw for 19 touchdowns and had only 5 interceptions throughout the season. He threw for 2,719 yards as well.[13]

Senior

On September 29, Browning became the school's all-time passing leader, against BYU.[14] With the Pac-12 North Division title on the line, Browning led Washington against in-state rival and seventh-ranked Washington State on the road in the 111th Apple Cup. The Huskies won their second Pac-12 title in three years by defeating Utah in the 2018 Pac-12 Football Championship Game. The team was invited to the Rose Bowl, where they were defeated by Ohio State to end the year at 10–4, 7–2 in conference play. Browning finished the season with 3,192 passing yards and 16 touchdown passes.

College statistics

Washington Huskies
Season Games Passing Rushing
GP GS Record Cmp Att Yds Pct TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2015 12 12 7–5 233 369 2,955 63.1 16 10 139.7 65 35 0.5 1
2016 14 14 12–2 243 391 3,430 62.1 43 9 167.5 65 45 0.7 4
2017 13 13 10–3 230 336 2,719 68.5 19 5 152.1 56 25 0.4 7
2018 14 14 10–4 252 388 3,192 64.9 16 10 142.5 85 139 1.6 4
Career 53 53 39–14 958 1,484 12,296 64.6 94 34 150.5 271 244 0.9 16

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump
6 ft 1+78 in
(1.88 m)
211 lb
(96 kg)
32+12 in
(0.83 m)
9 in
(0.23 m)
4.74 s 1.60 s 2.76 s 4.44 s 7.19 s 29 in
(0.74 m)
9 ft 4 in
(2.84 m)
All values from NFL Combine[15][16][17]

Minnesota Vikings

On April 29, 2019, Browning signed with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent.[18] He was waived on August 31, 2019, and was signed to the practice squad the next day.[19][20] He signed a reserve/future contract with the Vikings on January 12, 2020.[21]

Browning was waived by the Vikings during final roster cuts on September 5, 2020,[22] but was re-signed to the Vikings practice squad the next day.[23] He signed a reserve/future contract with the Vikings on January 4, 2021.[24]

On August 31, 2021, Browning was waived by the Vikings.[25]

Cincinnati Bengals

On September 7, 2021, Browning was signed to the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad.[26]

On February 15, 2022, Browning signed a reserve/future contract.[27] He was waived on August 30, 2022, and signed to the practice squad the next day.[28][29] He signed a reserve/future contract on January 31, 2023.[30]

Browning competed with Trevor Siemian to be the Bengals' backup quarterback throughout training camp in 2023, with Browning eventually winning the job after the third preseason game.[31]

On September 10, 2023, while facing the Cleveland Browns, Browning had his first regular-season snap in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, going 0–1 in passing attempts.[32] On November 16, Browning came in relief of the injured Joe Burrow during the Bengals' Week 11 game against the Baltimore Ravens, completing 8-of-14 passing attempts for 68 yards and a touchdown as the Bengals lost 34–20. The next day, it was revealed Burrow suffered a season-ending injury to his throwing wrist, elevating Browning to the starting role.[33]

On December 4, 2023, Browning won his first NFL game in a 34–31 overtime win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, completing 32 of 37 passes for 354 yards, with one passing touchdown and one rushing touchdown.[34] His 86.5 percent completion rate is the highest all-time in a quarterback’s first or second career start.[35] On December 10, in the third start of his career against the Indianapolis Colts Browning threw for 275 yards and 2 touchdowns with one interception en route to the Bengals 34–14 victory.[36] On December 16, Browning led a 14-point comeback that included two fourth quarter touchdown passes to win 27–24 in overtime against the Vikings, having been down 17–3 entering the fourth quarter.[37] With this win he became the first Bengals quarterback since Boomer Esiason to win three of his first four starts.[38]

NFL career statistics

Legend
Led the league
Bold Career high
Year Team Games Passing Rushing Sacks Fumbles
GP GS Record Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A Lng TD Int Rtg Att Yds Y/A Lng TD Sck SckY Fum Lost
2019 MIN Did not play
2020 MIN
2021 CIN
2022 CIN
2023 CIN 9 7 4−3 171 243 70.4 1,936 8.0 80 12 7 98.4 27 127 4.7 21 3 24 169 3 0
Career 9 7 4−3 171 243 70.4 1,936 8.0 80 12 7 98.4 27 127 4.7 21 3 24 169 3 0

See also

References

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  2. ^ Sondheimer, Eric (December 4, 2014). "Football: QB Jake Browning of Folsom is Gatorade state player of the year". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 6, 2023.
  3. ^ "30 Years of Honoring The Future: Reigning Gatorade Calif. Football POY Jake Browning continues to amaze". USA TODAY High School Sports. December 18, 2014. Retrieved June 6, 2023.
  4. ^ "Jake Browning, 2015 Pro Style Quarterback, Washington". Rivals.com. Retrieved June 6, 2023.
  5. ^ Leigh, Brian (March 31, 2014). "Jake Browning Commits to Washington: Huskies Land 4-Star QB". Bleacher Report. Retrieved June 6, 2023.
  6. ^ "Jake Browning Bio". GoHuskies.com. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
  7. ^ Jude, Adam (September 4, 2015). "Jake Browning to start at quarterback for UW vs. Boise State". Seattle Times. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
  8. ^ Jude, Adam (September 7, 2015). "Jake Browning and UW offense have plenty of room for growth". The Seattle Times. Retrieved August 29, 2023.
  9. ^ Davidson, Joe (September 5, 2015). "Cool-hand Jake: Browning impresses in debut as Washington Huskies QB". Sacramento Bee. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
  10. ^ Cosgriff, Jen (December 2, 2016). "2016 Pac-12 Football Championship Game: Washington clinches conference title, makes national statement". Pac-12. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  11. ^ Stites, Adam; Kirshner, Alex (December 10, 2016). "Full Heisman Trophy 2016 voting results: Lamar Jackson beats Deshaun Watson in a two-man race". SB Nation. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
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  13. ^ "Washington Huskies".
  14. ^ Jude, Adam (September 29, 2018). "Jake Browning becomes Huskies' all-time passing leader, breaking Cody Pickett's record". The Seattle Times.
  15. ^ "Jake Browning Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved August 20, 2019.
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  17. ^ "2019 NFL Draft Scout Jake Browning College Football Profile". DraftScout.com. Retrieved September 12, 2023.
  18. ^ Peters, Craig (April 29, 2019). "Vikings Agree to Terms with Undrafted Free Agents". Vikings.com.
  19. ^ "Vikings Announce Roster Moves, Set Initial 53-Man Roster". Vikings.com. August 31, 2019.
  20. ^ "Vikings Fill Initial 2019 Practice Squad". Vikings.com. September 1, 2019.
  21. ^ "Vikings Announce Seven Reserve/Future Free Agent Signings". Vikings.com. January 12, 2020.
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  23. ^ "Vikings Claim LB Ryan Connelly, Add 13 Players To Practice Squad". Vikings.com. September 6, 2020.
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  25. ^ "Vikings Announce Roster Moves to Get to Initial 53". Vikings.com. August 31, 2021.
  26. ^ "Bengals Sign Jake Browning To The Practice Squad". Bengals.com. September 7, 2021.
  27. ^ "Bengals Sign Nine Practice Squad Players to Offseason Roster". Bengals.com. February 15, 2022.
  28. ^ "Roster Moves: Bengals Reduce Roster To 53 Players". Bengals.com. August 30, 2022.
  29. ^ "Bengals Roster Moves: Practice Squad Announced". Bengals.com. August 31, 2022.
  30. ^ "Bengals Roster Moves: Reserve/Future Contracts". Bengals.com. January 31, 2023.
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  33. ^ Baby, Ben. "Bengals QB Joe Burrow out for season, likely needs surgery". ESPN. Retrieved November 17, 2023.
  34. ^ "Jake Browning heroics help Bengals beat Jags as Lawrence limps off". The Guardian. Retrieved December 5, 2023.
  35. ^ Pfahler, Laurel. "Browning sets record in Bengals' overtime win over Jaguars". daytondailynews.com. Dayton Daily News. Retrieved December 5, 2023.
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  38. ^ Kerr, Jeff. "Jake Browning on Bengals comeback win over Vikings: 'They never should have cut me'". CBS Sports. Retrieved January 23, 2024.

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