Osweiler earns sur­prise start in Browns’ ex­hi­bi­tion opener

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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.

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