Browns QB Osweiler named starter for preseason opener

Cleveland Browns’ Brock Osweiler looks to throw as head coach Hue Jackson watches at a June team activity

Cleveland Browns’ Brock Osweiler looks to throw as head coach Hue Jackson watches at a June team activity. Associated Press

"You want your starter to be able to do that despite any circumstance", Jackson claimed.

The Browns acquired Osweiler, 26, from the Houston Texans in a March trade.

Jackson emphasized before naming Osweiler that the starter against the Saints won't necessarily be the starter in the season opener against the Steelers on September 10.

Jackson said Kessler will play after Osweiler, followed by Kizer, the second-round pick from Notre Dame who has closed the gap on his competitors during camp. Coach Hue Jackson is giving the veteran a leg up in the three-way competition among Osweiler, Cody Kessler, and rookie DeShone Kizer. We wouldn't anoint Osweiler as the Week 1 starter - Cleveland will certainly still add a QB in the 2017 draft - but a massive contract gives him another chance to rehab his image. "We look forward to seeing what he can do with this opportunity throughout the week and against the Saints", Jackson said in a press release.

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.

"This league gives you opportunities", Osweiler said. "Sometimes, you don't know when they're going to come. I think the key is making the most of that opportunity, and if you do, then the rest will take care of itself". He went 8-6 during his one season with Houston but didn't connect with coach Bill O'Brien, and the Texans were eager to move him before striking the deal with Cleveland.

"Brock has really improved", Jackson said.

"At this stage in the evaluation process of our quarterbacks, we are going to have Brock start the preseason opener against the Saints on Thursday night", Jackson's statement said. All of our guys are working hard.

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