Osweiler earns surprise start in Browns’ exhibition opener
BEREA, OHIO | Brock Osweiler didn’t appear to be in Cleveland’s plans when he arrived via trade in March. Now he’s starting the Browns’ exhibition opener.
Coach Hue Jackson picked Osweiler over Cody Kessler, rookie DeShone Kizer and Kevin Hogan to start Thursday’s preseason home game against the New Orleans Saints. Osweiler, who started 14 games for Houston last season, has not taken snaps with the starting offense during camp, but he’ll be the first one on the field, with a chance to impress Jackson and potentially win the full-time starting job.
Osweiler has impressed the Browns with his attitude and work ethic after a rough season with the Texans. He went 8-6 during his one season with Houston but didn’t connect with coach Bill O’Brien, and the team shipped him and his $16 million guaranteed contract to the Browns, who also got a 2018 second-round draft pick.