It’s decision time in the Browns’ annual quarterback competition as the team prepares for its most important preseason game Aug. 26 at Tampa Bay..
Brock Osweiler has taken the bulk of the work with the No. 1 offense since early August. He has been pushed by rookie DeShone Kizer, who has looked solid in two preseason games.
On Aug. 21, Kizer completed 8 of 13 passes for 74 yards and ran for 35 yards and a touchdown vs. the Giants. Osweiler was 6 of 8 for 25 yards and an interception.
Before the Aug. 21 game, a group of Browns players chose to kneel and huddle during the national anthem. Several others stood next to the group and placed an arm on one of a kneeling teammate. The players’ stance came as head coach Hue Jack
son was criticized last week for saying he hoped player protests “wouldn’t happen here.”
“Over the last season we have seen players come under unfair scrutiny for protesting during the anthem, mainly because the focus has become on whether or not a player is being disrespectful to the flag or military and not on the issue and cause attempting to be addressed by the protest,” Jackson said.
Rookie watch: TE David Njoku missed the preseason opener and valuable practice days with a back injury. But Njoku is back to full speed and has made several impressive catches. He won’t be a full-timer as a rookie, but the Browns think he has the athleticism and size to be a redzone threat. He’ll play behind
Seth DeValve, who will catch
plenty of passes, and Randall Telfer, who’s listed as the starter because he’s an excellent blocker.
Noteworthy: G Joel Bito-nio and DT Danny Shelton have injured knees. Both are week-to-week. ... Rookie Jabrill Peppers could start at strong safety. He has also returned kicks and punts.
Brock Osweiler, above, is in a race with rookie DeShone Kizer to start at quarterback for the Browns. Osweiler has started the team’s first two preseason games.