A former NFL QB stated what he thought of Cleveland Browns QB Brock Osweiler‘s progression.
So, what are your thoughts on the Cleveland Browns‘ quarterback situation?Most seem to want quarterback Cody Kessler to start, while others want rookie DeShone Kizer to start at some time this fall. However, there are those who would like to see veteran Brock Osweiler be Cleveland’s starter.
Whatever stance you have at the moment is fine. Unfortunately, with such uncertainty at the position, there’s no other alternative until more stability is made. With so much that still needs played out, no clarity will be seen any time soon.
Despite that, former NFL QB Chris Simms did not wait for training camp to have even started to state what he thought of Osweiler. Simms, who now works for Bleacher Report, gave the following opinion on Osweiler earlier this week, while also discussing Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles:
"So, yeah, I’ll buy that Bortles and Osweiler look better right now. They should. They’re playing without pads, without a pass rush, and they have nothing to think about except their mechanics. Let’s see if they can keep it up in actual games when they’re calling protections, dodging defenders and having to get back into their “proper” throwing form to deliver the ball.I have my doubts that the offseason improvement will transfer to in-season production, but I buy that they look better in June than they did last season."
Simms hit the nail on the head. There is not a reason any quarterback should look bad or inconsistent right now. No legitimate progressions are being made and Osweiler is not facing a defense via meaningful snaps.
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There is an issue though with what Simms said. In terms of the regular season play, Bortles will be starting in Jacksonville, but it is far a from a guarantee that Cleveland will start Osweiler. Even playing at all in 2017 could be a stretch.
Building through the draft with very young players benefits Kessler and Kizer a lot more. My stance on Osweiler has not changed (and likely will not). What he should be doing is approaching the game as he has been, but Osweiler should not play this season.
By letting him stay on the roster as a backup or third-stringer, the Browns can then let him go next offseason.
In the meantime, Kessler and/or Kizer would get the necessary reps as they lead Cleveland in the coming seasons.
Now, Osweiler could provide some in-season production, but I would not expect much. He is this season’s Josh McCown and unless injuries happen, he will need to be on the sideline.