NFL News: Cleveland Browns Keeping Starting Quarterback Job up for Grabs, Cody Kessler Feeling Most Pressure
The Cleveland Browns are open to all possibilities at quarterback that is why their offseason competition for the starting job features Cody Kessler, Brock Osweiler, and DeShone Kizer. However, most of the pressure will be on Kessler who is the starter in the organized team activities.
Andrew Siciliano and NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport recently talked about Kessler and Cleveland's quarterback situation on Up to the Minute. According to Siciliano, Kessler is claiming the starting quarterback job "for now" and "somebody has to take" it.
Rapoport went on to discuss the chances of each quarterback and the first one was Kessler. According to him, it is the Browns' longtime plan for the 24-year-old to start and they really like him. Perhaps these are some of the major reasons why he is pressured. He has a huge target on his back since he is the man to beat in Cleveland.
Kessler was followed by Osweiler who Rapoport said is working hard this offseason and is on the "right track." This is great for the quarterback who was expected to be dealt by Cleveland after his acquisition via trade from the Houston Texans. It seems like his significance to the team is increasing as the offseason progress. In a report by ESPN, it was mentioned that as long as the 26-year-old is on the roster, he has a chance of capturing the much-coveted starting job.
Last was Kizer who Rapoport believes will be the third man on the depth chart for the Browns. He mentioned that the rookie still has a lot to learn. This could prevent the 21-year-old from being Cleveland's starter.
From the looks of it, Kessler is the quarterback favored to secure the starting job in Cleveland. If he can continue performing well and improving, Osweiler and Kizer will settle for backup roles with the Browns. But as Rapoport said, the team's quarterback position is "far from settled."
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