This morning Browns Head Coach Hue Jackson named Brock Osweiler the starting quarterback for the team’s first preseason game against the New Orleans Saints on Thursday. The news was at least somewhat surprising, as the trade by which the Browns acquired Osweiler was largely a salary dump by his former team, where the Browns acquired a second round pick as compensation for taking Osweiler off of the Houston Texans’ hands.
While Osweiler is being paid starter money, the consensus opinion going into training camp was that the Browns would start the season with one of the two quarterbacks getting reps with the first-team offense, second-year signal-caller Cody Kessler or second-round rookie DeShone Kizer.
Osweiler was bad for the Texans last year, really bad. Osweiler’s 5.8 yards per attempt ranked dead last among 30 NFL passers with at least 300 attempts last season, with a material gap between Osweiler and 29th ranked Carson Wentz (6.2 yards per attempt). (more…)