With the final preseason game looming and the regular season opener fast approaching, it’s been a crazy and busy week for the Browns.
Most of these moves were not unexpected but how some went down has been the topic of much discussion.
Here is an analysis of each of the major moves that have occurred in the past week.
KIZER NAMED STARTING QUARTERBACK
As I’ve said throughout the summer, Brock Osweiler had the best chance at the starting quarterback position based on his experience. But if rookie DeShone Kizer played equal or above him, it would be in the best interest of the franchise to start Kizer because he is the future and Osweiler is not.
Osweiler had his chance to win the starting job in preseason Week 2, but played poorly. Kizer, while unspectacular last week against the Buccaneers, played well and moved the offense. The team would have scored more points if not for a pass interference penalty against Corey Coleman and a fumble by Duke Johnson.
At this point, with Cody Kessler struggling, coach Hue Jackson should stick with Kizer the entire season and live with the growing pains.
JOE HADEN RELEASED
This one is a head scratcher. Not in the fact cornerback Joe Haden is gone. Injuries have affected his play in recent years and he clearly has lost a step. But it’s curious that with a need at wide receiver, the Browns couldn’t find a trade partner and chose to release him instead.
As a result, the rival Steelers snatched Haden up quickly. It’s going to be a strange opening Sunday with Haden in black and gold.
CAM ERVING TRADED TO THE CHIEFS
It finally happened. The Browns are rid of a player they should have released long ago. The amazing thing is the Chiefs actually gave them a 5th round pick for him. This is a total steal by the Browns.