"A lot goes into our evaluation, but it's always going to be about efficiently and effectively running the offense". Osweiler had been second in line behind Cody Kessler since the spring but hadn't worked with the starters; since the team's June minicamp, Kessler and DeShone Kizer had been splitting the No. 1 reps. That's ... weird. It certainly seems Osweiler is being shopped for a trade.
Who knows what the Browns will do at quarterback.
Before bringing Jay Cutler out of retirement, the Miami Dolphins were reportedly rebuffed from acquiring Brock Osweiler from the Cleveland Browns. Sometimes you don't know when they are going to come.
NumberFire's models now project Kessler as the starter for 2017, expecting him to account for 3,271.1 passing yards, 17.88 touchdowns, and 15.4 interceptions on 494 attempts - the 31st-most fantasy points among quarterbacks in our rankings.
While Jackson has said Osweiler's start against the Saints doesn't necessarily mean he'll start the Browns' regular-season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers, it's clearly a step in the right direction for the former Montana high school football Gatorade player of the year. "From the day I arrived, you couldn't have been welcomed in a better way". He led his team to two field goals, but Jackson called the overall play of his quarterbacks "spotty" and said he was anxious for one of his QBs to separate themselves from the pack.
Perhaps Osweiler will respond and run with the baton, or maybe Kessler will receive the wake-up call and bounce back through the rest of the preseason. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Browns are now expected to move on from QB Robert Griffin III, leaving them with Osweiler and Cody Kessler atop the depth chart. He's 13-8 as a starter and won a playoff game with the Texans last season despite having a nightmarish season and getting benched late last season before returning when Tom Savage was injured.
"There was a coach that I played for in college and he told me, 'Only worry about the things that you can control", Osweiler said in May.