An afterthought in the Browns quarterback competition following the salary-dump trade from Houston to Cleveland, Brock Osweiler is beginning to turn heads during Organized Team Activities in Berea.
Browns coach Hue Jackson, who knows a thing or two about quarterbacks during his time as head coach in Oakland and offensive coordinator in Cincinnati, said Osweiler has been much better than advertised thus far.
“Brock’s been a pleasant surprise,” Jackson was quoted as saying Wednesday. “He’s done a good job. He works hard at it every day. He’s into it. I think he really enjoys being here. I think he’s really meshed with the other quarterbacks. He has a good feel to him.”
Osweiler, of course, turned down a big contract offer from John Elway and the Broncos (where he played well in relief of aging Peyton Manning) to take a bigger contract offer from the Houston Texans. However, his one year as starter with the Texans was primarily a disaster, leading to the offseason trade to relieve Houston of his high cap hit.
It was assumed the Browns would try to trade Osweiler again to try and acquire another mid-round pick. But with Osweiler still on the roster competing against second-year players Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan and rookie DeShone Kizer, Osweiler has a chance to actually grab hold of the starting spot by the end of the summer. He has the most experience of the group. And this time last year, he was the next big thing in Houston.
There’s still a long ways to go until the season opener against the Steelers. But if Wednesday is any indication, Osweiler can’t be counted out as the guy behind center in Cleveland to start the season.