DeShone Kizer will start for the Browns in week three of the preseason against the Buccaneers. Earlier in the week, Coach Hue Jackson said he would try and name his starter by today, and this morning the word came down that Kizer was going to be the guy moving into week three.
Jackson had a lot to say, but it’s clear that Kizer has more than a good chance to continue to start for the Browns, “…he is certainly positioning himself well to earn the starting job heading into the regular season.”
The full statement is available here:
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 23, 2017
Brock Osweiler looked terrible in his first two preseason starts, but Kizer struggled in his second game as well. Jackson and company were probably looking for any reason to not have to start Kizer, but Osweiler and Kessler didn’t give them any.
ESPN is already reporting that sources have claimed the Browns are renewing efforts to trade Osweiler, further cementing Kizer’s likely role as the starter for the season opener against the Steelers.
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) August 23, 2017
The Browns are no stranger to quarterback problems, but even starting a rookie isn’t something they usually do. The last Browns rookie to start a season opener was Brandon Weeden back in 2012, so Kizer starting is going to be slightly out of the ordinary if he holds onto the job.
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Osweiler, in the meantime, is apparently being shopped by the Browns and is not expected to play in the third preseason game.
This is interesting: Cleveland QB Brock Osweiler is not expected to play in the Browns' third preseason game, per sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 23, 2017
It’s looking more and more like he won’t be a part of the Browns future, but whether or not they manage to trade him will be another story.