Each year during NFL preseason, the quarterback battles on some teams make for an intriguing story line leading up to the start of the regular season.
This year, one of those battles is taking shape with the Cleveland Browns.
The Browns remain unsure of who will start at quarterback when the regular season kicks off on September 10, but it appears that a leader of the pack has emerged and who he is might surprise many.
Hue Jackson the head coach of the Brown said that Brock Osweiler would start the team’s preseason opener on Thursday against the New Orleans Saints.
Jackson added that a great deal takes place in the evaluation of the players about effectively and efficiently running out offense and you need the starter to have the ability to do that despite all possible circumstances.
Jackson said that Osweiler has not had any reps with the first team and this would be the chance he needs to accomplish that, both this week during practice and to start Thursday’s game.
The Browns acquired Osweiler from Houston. There had been some rumors following his acquisition that Cleveland was attempting to flip him again, but no deal ever was worked out. Now, five months afterwards he will start the team’s first preseason game.
Cody Kessler will back up Osweiler. Kessler started eight games for Cleveland last season and was adequate despite going 0-8 in those games.
Jackson has left the door open for Kessler or DeShone Kizer the rookie second round draft choice or even Kevin Hogan to win the starting jobs sometime during the month long preseason.
Jackson did say he was pleased with how all of the quarterbacks in camp were working and that all of his quarterbacks would see much more time with everyone competing for that starting position still with a chance to earn the right to lead Cleveland as the starting signal caller when the season kicks off September 10.
One saying that has been around for years in the NFL is that when a team has more than one quarterback it really has none. The Browns at this time have four signal callers, none of whom have made the plays to separate from the rest.
Not for quite some time has Cleveland had a starter that was unquestioned and worthy of being named as such and it appears it could be a long wait until they have another.