Browns Coach: Brock Osweiler Doesn’t Suck as Much as We Thought

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When the Cleveland Browns acquired quarterback Brock Osweiler from the Houston Texans via trade this NFL offseason, even his new team seemed unexcited to land the quarterback who threw more interceptions than touchdowns a season ago.

After the trade, Browns GM Sashi Brown seemed much more excited about the two draft picks that came with him.

But according to coach Hue Jackson, Osweiler, who signed an ugly $72 million contract a year ago, has been “a pleasant surprise” in OTAs.

“I expected everything that you guys wrote,” Jackson told reporters on Wednesday. “I watched everything that you guys wrote about what he was and what he wasn’t. I heard it from everywhere, too.”

Despite his being constantly trashed by the media, sometimes rightfully so, Osweiler has said all the right things and been a model teammate since his arrival in Cleveland, helping the young quarterbacks with whom he’s competing for the Browns starting job—Cody Kessler, second-round pick DeShone Kizer, and Kevin Hogan—in any way he can.

“I think you guys know me; I don’t judge people by what everybody else says,” Jackson said. “But everybody has a reputation before them. His was a little bit different. He’s not any of that that we’ve [seen]. The guy has been outstanding in our building, and I think that’s what’s most important.”

Before signing his big contract in 2016, Osweiler was decent in roughly half a season with the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos.

In eight games (seven starts) in 2015, Osweiler completed 61.8 percent of his passes, throwing 10 touchdowns and six interceptions.