Report: Brock Osweiler could enter camp as Browns starting QB
Brock Osweiler appears to be taking full advantage of a change of scenery and a report suggests he could find himself atop the Cleveland Browns’ depth chart at quarterback sooner rather than later.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that one Browns player indicated it would be a surprise if Osweiler isn’t the starter heading into training camp.
Brock Osweiler has impressed. One Browns player privately predicted he "wouldn't be surprised if Brock is QB1 heading into camp in July."
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 7, 2017
The Browns have three other quarterbacks on the roster: Cody Kessler, DeShone Kizer and Kevin Hogan. All four signal-callers are expected to get their reps, although Osweiler’s experience, albeit arguably limited, gives him some semblance of an advantage.
Obviously, any conjecture concerning who will be under center for the Browns come Week 1 is purely academic. So much can happen between now and September — injuries among them — that just because Osweiler currently appears to be No. 1o on the depth chart doesn’t mean the others don’t outplay him throughout camp and in exhibition games.
Still, the Browns have gone out of their way to praise Osweiler as OTAs got underway. Browns head coach Hue Jackson said last week that Osweiler has been a “pleasant surprise” thus far after the team acquired him from the Houston Texans in a March trade.
“Since he’s been here, he’s been outstanding,” Jackson said. “I don’t judge people by what everybody else says, I judge them by what I see. … The guy’s been outstanding in our building and that’s what’s most important.”
On the other hand, Browns head of football operations Sashi Brown made it clear in early May that whoever earns the starting quarterback spot will do so as a result of an “open competition.”
While Kizer would seem to be the odd man out given his rawness and inexperience, a report suggested the rookie will “have at least a chance to start” in Week 1.
That said, it would be a modest surprise if the Browns handed the keys to the raw Kizer — or Hogan for that matter — meaning it might be a two-man competition between Osweiler and Kesser. While Osweiler may have the leg up heading into camp, anything’s possible with the Browns.