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Browns coach Hue Jackson hopes to name a starting quarterback by Wednesday.

Jackson said he has an "idea" of who will be the starter, but he wants to "watch the tape" of Monday night's game before making a final decision. Brock Osweiler got the start again on Monday night, but he once again struggled with ball placement and had a ball tipped and intercepted at the line. DeShone Kizer led two scoring drives, but he held the ball too long and had a couple very questionable throws. With solid talent on offense, the Browns could surprise if the quarterback situation cooperates.
Aug 22 - 8:34 AM

DeShone Kizer completed 8-of-13 passes for 74 yards in the Browns' second preseason game Monday night.

Most of his damage was done with his legs, as Kizer rushed five times for 35 yards and a touchdown that came from one yard out on a sneak. While he did lead two scoring drives in four possessions, Kizer wasn't all that impressive in this one. He held onto the ball too long at times, taking two sacks, and should have thrown a brutal interception on a third down in his own territory but the play was called back on a penalty. Brock Osweiler started and threw a pick on his two possessions of work. The quarterback spot remains a concern for Cleveland. Kizer probably isn't ready, but Osweiler is a known commodity who simply isn't good.
Aug 21 - 10:11 PM

Brock Osweiler completed 6-of-8 passes for 25 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception in the Browns' second preseason game against the Giants.

Osweiler got the start and played the first two series before giving way to rookie DeShone Kizer, who the Browns wanted to see get some work with the starters. Osweiler's first series ended with him throwing a red-zone interception off a tipped pass at the line. Despite being a towering 6-foot-7, tipped passes have long been a problem for Osweiler due to a long, looping delivery. Osweiler's completion percentage looks great, but his receivers had to adjust to a number of poorly thrown balls. Accuracy remains a massive problem. Cleveland doesn't stand much of a chance with Osweiler.
Aug 21 - 9:00 PM

Browns second-round QB DeShone Kizer worked almost exclusively out of the shotgun in the team's preseason opener against the Saints.

Kizer worked out of the gun on around 95 percent of his snaps at Notre Dame and has seen similar usage since arriving in Cleveland. "To be in the shotgun is definitely back to where I’ve always been, and that’s being able to see the defense from five yards further back," he said. It's where he's most comfortable.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 20 - 8:57 AM

Browns NT Danny Shelton will be sidelined 3-6 weeks with a knee injury.

Shelton was injured in Wednesday's practice. It doesn't appear that he's undergoing surgery. The 2015 first-rounder was a monster against the run last season after a rough rookie year. He's a critical part of the Browns' interior defense. Right now, he should be considered questionable for Week 1.
Aug 17 - 8:42 PM

Speaking about seventh-round RB Matt Dayes, Browns coach Hue Jackson said "he's flashed," and is "establishing himself as an every-down back."

Dayes was the second-to-last pick of April's draft. He rushed three times for nine yards and a touchdown in the Browns' preseason opener, and added three receptions for eight additional yards. Dayes was a true three-down back at NC State, but doesn't stand out in any one area. His NFL ceiling is probably that of a role player.
Aug 17 - 4:28 PM

Speaking Thursday, commissioner Roger Goodell said reinstating suspended Browns WR Josh Gordon is "not under active consideration."

"At least hasn't made it to my desk," Goodell clarified. Gordon's most recent petition for reinstatement was denied in May. He can apply again in September. 2017 would be Gordon's age-26 season. He hasn't appeared in a regular season game since Dec. 2014.
Aug 17 - 1:22 PM

Brock Osweiler will start the Browns' second preseason game.

It's an expected decision despite Osweiler's poor showing in his preseason debut. DeShone Kizer will be the second quarterback through the rotation and remains in the mix for Cleveland's Week 1 job. Whoever starts the third preseason game will open the year as the starter.
Aug 16 - 4:46 PM

Browns LG Joel Bitonio (knee) has been ruled out of the Browns' second preseason game.

Bitonio isn't dealing with any structural damage and won't need surgery. It's not related to his 2016 Lisfranc injury, but this is a setback that could cost him multiple weeks. Bitonio should be ready for the season opener.
Aug 16 - 4:19 PM

Browns RT Cameron Erving (calf) is week to week.

Coach Hue Jackson already ruled Erving out for the Browns' second preseason game. It's possible Erving will be ready for Week 1, but this is a huge blow to his starting chances. Shon Coleman is likely to open the year at right tackle.
Aug 16 - 4:14 PM

Browns coach Hue Jackson said first-round S Jabrill Peppers is "getting better every day."

Filling in at strong safety for Ibraheim Campbell (concussion), Peppers reportedly had himself a practice on Monday, making a big hit, breaking up a couple passes, and intercepting another. "He’s showing you he can play anywhere," Jackson said. "He’s a very dynamic player and I’m glad he’s here." Peppers has not officially cracked the starting lineup yet, but it seems just like a matter of time.
Source: ESPN
Aug 15 - 9:29 AM

Browns QB coach David Lee said second-round QB DeShone Kizer has improved but is not yet ready to start.

"He’s a lot better than he was in the spring, but he’s still not there," Lee said. "I’m looking forward to watching his progression in all these areas we’re talking about in these next two games, and we’ll see where he is then." Even if Kizer is not ready now, it does sound like the Browns are open to the possibility he will be when the season opens in four weeks. Brock Osweiler started the first preseason game, but coach Hue Jackson will not decide on his starter for the second until Wednesday or Thursday.
Aug 14 - 9:58 AM

David Njoku (back) returned to Browns practice on Saturday.

Njoku missed Cleveland's preseason opener with back soreness. He was listed as the Browns' third-string tight end on their initial depth chart, behind Randall Telfer and Seth DeValve. The 29th pick in April's draft, Njoku will be the starter sooner rather than later, but rookie tight ends tend to struggle in the NFL.
Aug 12 - 3:57 PM

Browns S Ibraheim Campbell has entered the league's concussion protocol.

Campbell exited Thursday's preseason opener following a collision with Saints running back Alvin Kamara on the game's opening drive. His concussion was later confirmed and now he's been placed in the league's protocol. The 2015 fourth-rounder fared poorly over 418 snaps last season, earning PFF's No. 80 grade out of 91 qualifiers at safety.
Aug 11 - 3:38 PM

Coach Hue Jackson said "it's way too early to talk about" making second-rounder DeShone Kizer the starter after his impressive preseason opener.

Kizer and fellow rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky were the stars of Thursday night's opening slate of preseason games. Kizer led a comeback win in the fourth quarter and launched a couple deep balls -- a 45-yard touchdown and 52-yarder down to the one-yard line -- while showing his ability to avoid the blitz and create in the pocket. But it's important to remember it came against third-stringers. Brock Osweiler started and was 6-of-14 for 42 yards and three three-and-outs. He isn't long for the starting job. Kizer is much more the future in Cleveland.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 11 - 9:34 AM


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