The Browns held their annual Orange and Brown scrimmage for fans at First Energy Stadium on Friday. The results for the offense were less than stellar.
The scrimmage featured no touchdowns by the offense. This was largely due to poor play by quarterbacks Cody Kessler, Brock Osweiler and rookie DeShone Kizer. This continued a trend of less-than-stellar quarterback play, particularly from Kessler, this summer.
Browns coach Hue Jackson conceded on Saturday that a change might be made on Monday before the Browns prepare for their preseason opener against the Saints in Cleveland. All signs point to Kizer, despite his growing pains, becoming the starter over Kessler, who was given the nod due to his experience in the offense last season.
By all accounts this summer, Kizer has displayed the better arm and talent in the quarterback race. He has not been without his rookie ups-and-downs. During the scrimmage, he missed a wide-open Duke Johnson in the end zone on a throw he admitted he has to make.
But Kizer is clearly the team’s future. Kessler still looks like a good backup quarterback while Osweiler is still likely going to be trade bait.
If Kizer is indeed named the starter for the preseason opener and can hold the starting spot the rest of the preseason, the Browns may or may not win more games than they would under Kessler or Osweiler, but it should bode well for the team moving forward.