Young, 30, was with the Packers in the preseason last year, but hasn’t played in the NFL since 2011. Despite being idle for two years, Young remains hungry and driven to earn a spot on the team.
"The fire is lit always," Young said. "One thing a lot of people don’t know, I love this game so much. I’m just happy to be here and just happy for the opportunity. I’m just going to make the best of it and hopefully I get an opportunity to make the team."
Browns star receiver Josh Gordon grew up in Houston watching the former Texas standout.
"We looked up to him," Gordon said. "He was one of the best guys out of the city.
"He’s still got it."
Thigpen, also 30, has played with the Chiefs, Bills and Dolphins. He has a history with general manager Ray Farmer from their days with the Chiefs.
Farmer said the Browns had passed over both quarterbacks in the past because neither were seen as a good fit for the scheme the former coaching staff was running. But both Young and Thigpen have a skill that the current coaching staff is seeking in a quarterback — mobility.
"I think Kyle [Shanahan] would say he likes a quarterback that’s mobile. The offense is definitely going to require the quarterback to do different things — move, play outside the pocket to some degree," said Farmer. "I think it is a piece of the puzzle. I wouldn’t say that it’s the top piece. They both are mobile, very good athletes. They both have had relative success."