In fact, a Browns’ player privately predicted that he “wouldn’t be surprised if Brock is QB1 heading into camp in July.”
The reports out of Cleveland regarding Osweiler have been positive up to this point, and it’s not all that hard to imagine him beating Cody Kessler and rookie DeShone Kizer for the job with a solid training camp.
Browns HC Hue Jackson told reporters a few weeks ago that Osweiler has done a good job in offseason workouts up to this point.
“He’s done a good job,” Jackson said of Osweiler, via ESPN.com. “He works hard at it every day. He’s into it. I think he really enjoys being here.”
Jackson added that he’s already seen progress from Osweiler based on how he’s throwing the ball.
“He looks much better right now,” Jackson said. “He’s more compact. He’s throwing the ball with a lot more velocity. He’s doing a lot of good things. He needs to keep going, just like all our quarterbacks do.”
Osweiler, 26, is a former second-round pick of the Broncos in 2012. He played out his rookie contract with the Broncos before signing a four-year, $72 million contract with the Texans that included $37 million guaranteed back in March of last year.
The Texans traded Osweiler and a 2018 second-round pick to the Browns in return for a 2017 fourth-round pick.
Osweiler stands to make base salaries of $16 million (2017), $18 million (2018), and $13 million (2019) over the remainder of the contract. Although, a team can move on from him next with limited repercussions.
In 2016, Osweiler appeared in 15 games and threw for 2,957 yards while completing 59 percent of his passes to go along with 15 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 32 quarterback out of 34 qualifying players.