Osweiler will start at quarterback during Monday's preseason game against the Giants.
Osweiler draws the start for the second consecutive preseason contest, but DeShone Kizer remains a threat to overtake Osweiler as the Browns' starting quarterback by the time Week 1 rolls around. Osweiler has experience on his side, which could force coach Hue Jackson to deploy him right out of the gate as Kizer continues to learn an NFL offense for the first time.
Osweiler completed 6 of 14 passes for 42 yards and added 10 yards on his lone carry of Thursday's 20-14 preseason win over the Saints.
Osweiler got the starting nod in this one, but he turned in an unspiring three yards per attempt while completing under 50 percent of his passes. Meanwhile, rookie DeShone Kizer was much more effective, tossing for 184 yards and a touchdown. Osweiler certainly didn't help his case for the starting job in this one and will need to show improvement next Monday against the Giants to avoid falling behind in the position battle with Kizer.
While Osweiler seems to have an early leg up on Cody Kessler and rookie DeShone Kizer in the competition for the starting role, he'll need to perform well in the preseason in order to solidify himself as the Browns' signal caller by the time the regular season arrives. Osweiler hasn't received many reps in training camp thus far with the first-team offense, so it wouldn't be surprising if his rapport with the Browns' receivers is a bit lacking Thursday. Jackson said that once Osweiler's night is done, Kessler, Kizer and Kevin Hogan will follow him in succession to pick up some reps at quarterback.
Osweiler helped himself at Friday's scrimmage, making a case to join the first-team offense for Monday's practice, ESPN.com's Pat McManamon reports.
Osweiler has been with the second unit throughout camp, with Cody Kessler getting most of the first-team reps and DeShone Kizer dominating third-team work while also mixing in with the starters. Osweiler could finally get some first-team work after outplaying his competitors this weekend, perhaps making him a candidate to start Thursday's preseason opener against New Orleans. The competition in Cleveland still appears wide open.
While Cleveland primarily took on Osweiler's contract to add a 2018 second-round pick, the 26-year-old also adds a veteran presence to a quarterback room that otherwise consists of rookie DeShone Kizer and second-year players Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan. Kessler started eight games last season and thus enters training camp as a slight favorite for the Week 1 job, but he'll face serious competition from Osweiler and Kizer, with all three likely to get first-team snaps.
|P3||8/26/17||@ TB||7:30 pm|
|P4||8/31/17||@ CHI||8:00 pm|
|2||9/17/17||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|3||9/24/17||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|6||10/15/17||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|10||11/12/17||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|12||11/26/17||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|13||12/3/17||@ LAC||4:05 pm|
|16||12/24/17||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ PIT||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|