QB Brock Osweiler a Surprise in Browns' Camp, Has Chance to Become Starter
When he was acquired by the Cleveland Browns via trade from the Houston Texans in March, quarterback Brock Osweiler was expected to be released or traded to create some cap space.
However, the Browns kept Osweiler on the roster after they missed out on Mitch Trubisky in the 2017 NFL Draft. Now, Osweiler has a strong chance to start for the Browns.
According to ESPN.com, Browns coach Hue Jackson described Osweiler's performance in training camp a "pleasant surprise".
"He's done a good job," Jackson said of Osweiler. "He works hard at it every day. He's into it. I think he really enjoys being here."
"Everybody has a reputation. He's not that. He has a good feel to him," added Jackson, per Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.
With Jackson's latest pronouncement, he may alter his earlier plan of starting Cody Kessler during organized team activities (OTAs). Jackson also earlier declared that there will be quarterback competition for the starting job.
The Texans signed Osweiler to a four-year, $72 million deal last season but he was a disappointment during his one-year stint as starter.
The 26-year-old Osweiler completed just 59 percent of his passes for 2,957 yards with 15 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.
The Texans then shipped Osweiler to the Browns for a 2017 fourth-round pick and $16 million in cash. The Browns, for their part, received the Texans' 2018 second-round pick and a 2017 sixth-round pick.
In terms of experience, Osweiler has the edge over Kessler, Kevin Hogan and rookie DeShone Kizer, whom the Browns picked at No. 52 after they missed out on Trubisky in the first round, as he served as Peyton Manning's backup with the Denver Broncos before joining the Texans.
The Browns said they will give Kizer enough time to sharpen his skills, according to NFL.com. While he boasts of a strong throwing arm, Kizer has a problem with consistency, completing just 59 percent of his passes as he led Notre Dame to a 4-8 mark in 2016.
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