Against all odds and everyone’s better judgment, it looks like Brock Osweiler will actually start for the Cleveland Browns this upcoming season.
After landing the quarterback in a trade with the Houston Texans that also brought a second-round pick, the Browns weren’t subtle about which piece they were more excited to obtain.
“We’re really excited to acquire a second-round draft choice in this trade,” said Browns general manager Sashi Brown in March. “Draft picks are extremely important to our approach in building a championship-caliber football team. We are intent on adding competition to every position on our roster and look forward to having Brock come in and compete.”
And although Osweiler is so bad that Houston had to give up a second-round pick just to unload the $16 million owed to the QB this season, that looks like it’s still good enough to be top dog in Cleveland.
Months after the trade, the club hinted that this was coming.
“I expected everything that you guys wrote,” head coach Hue Jackson said in late May of his prior expectations for the 2012 second-round pick. “I watched everything that you guys wrote about what he was and what he wasn’t. I heard it from everywhere, too. … I think you guys know me; I don’t judge people by what everybody else says. 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.”
To prepare fans for this dreadful reality, the team tried to soften the blow to fans by releasing a highlight reel of Osweiler’s play in practice.
It didn’t work.
The best they could come up with was a series of check-down passes, and a handful of warmup throws that went God knows where.
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) August 7, 2017
Again, these are the best plays he’s made on film in camp. The team was immediately clowned on Twitter.
— Colin Harris (@ColinHarris06) August 7, 2017
— Fuego Diego (@DaddyDRC_) August 8, 2017
Please delete this
— J Kemp (@JKemp1997) August 7, 2017
— Tim Ryan (@TheSportsHernia) August 7, 2017
They’re really gonna start Brock pic.twitter.com/WMJQLzyOJr
— Carson Cassady (@carson_cassady) August 8, 2017
On the Browns depth chart, Brock Osweiler is followed by Cody Kessler, rookie DeShone Kizer, and Kevin Hogan. Kessler and Hogan are entering their second seasons.