Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NFL Notes: Osweiler to Start Browns' Exhibition Opener

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NFL Notes: Osweiler to Start Browns' Exhibition Opener

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The Cleveland Browns' seemingly never-ending quarterback saga has produced yet another surprise. Brock Osweiler has risen from trade throw-in to preseason starter.

Coach Hue Jackson picked Osweiler over Cody Kessler, rookie DeShone Kizer and Kevin Hogan to start Thursday's exhibition opener, against the New Orleans Saints, in what will be an important stage in a QB competition that's midway through its second week with no end in sight. Jackson said he chose Osweiler primarily because he has NFL experience and he wants to give Kessler and Kizer more playing time as reserves.

As for who will start Cleveland's opener, Sept. 10 against Pittsburgh, Jackson insisted he hasn't made up his mind.

"This thing is not over by any stretch," he said.

Osweiler, who started 14 games for Houston last season, had a solid practice while taking his first snaps with Cleveland's starting offense. He completed several long passes.

When the Browns acquired Osweiler in March, taking him and his guaranteed $16 million contract simply so they could get a 2018 second-round pick, it appeared the 26-year-old wouldn't be in Cleveland for long. But he still is around, and he could wind up beating out Kessler and Kizer.

He went 8-6 during his one season with Houston but didn't connect with coach Bill O'Brien, and the Texans were eager to move him before striking the deal with Cleveland. He has impressed the Browns with his attitude, work ethic and leadership.

Jets lose key player * The New York Jets will be without Quincy Enunwa, their top wide receiver, for the entire season. He has a bulging disk in his neck that will probably require surgery, with a recovery time of at least six months. Coach Todd Bowles said Enunwa will seek a second opinion, and the injury is not considered career-threatening.

Enunwa, projected as the Jets' No. 1 receiver, was hurt while practicing Saturday. …

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