BEREA, OH (WOIO) - Cody Kessler is the incumbent, DeShone Kizer the rookie, and Brock Osweiler is one of the highest paid quarterbacks in football. All bring something different to the table in this QB competition, but only one can start, and the most intriguing one to me is Osweiler.
Kizer may be the future. The Browns didn't spend a second round pick on the Toledo native and former Notre Dame star for him to sit. But Osweiler comes in with 21 career NFL starts under his belt, and while his one year in Houston didn't work out too well, there's a reason the Texans gave him $18 million a year to leave Denver, just as there's a reason John Elway offered him $16 million a year to stay with the Broncos.
Texans head coach Bill O'Brien didn't connect with Osweiler, who threw more interceptions (16) than touchdowns (15) in 2016. But if Hue Jackson and QB coach David Lee can connect with him, maybe Osweiler can rediscover his game.
Kizer said on Friday that he's already comfortable in Jackson's offense, a big leap from mini-camp when he admitted he had a lot of catching up to do. Kizer split the first-team reps with Kessler on Thursday during Day 1 of camp. If his progress continues at a quick rate, Jackson may give the rookie the job.
In the meantime, Kessler believes he still has an edge after starting eight games as a rookie last year.
The battle is on. In the next month, maybe, just maybe, the Browns will feel that they've finally found their franchise guy. Kizer hadn't even been born the last time they had one.