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Browns insider Mary Kay Cabot expects QB DeShone Kizer to play "early on" this season. The 2nd-round rookie built buzz this spring and got some 1st-team reps in June minicamp. QB Cody Kessler showed surprisingly well last year but can't match Kizer's combination of size, athleticism and arm strength. It makes sense for Cleveland to get a gook look at Kizer before deciding whether to use another early pick on a QB in the 2018 draft.

Browns QB DeShone Kizer rotated in with the 1st-team offense at Tuesday's minicamp practice. HC Hue Jackson downplayed the development afterward. “That’s the way it’s been since OTAs have started," Jackson said. "We’re just mixing and matching and giving guys opportunities. As I told you, I’m going to find out about guys, that’s what I have to do over these next couple of days before we go to training camp." Fair. But Kizer has been buzzing over the past month. Insider Mary Kay Cabot says the rookie has "displayed excellent physical skills and he’s picking up the offense quickly." Kizer is a strong bet to make starts this season and could even end up leading the 2017 Browns in pass attempts.

Browns HC Hue Jackson told the team website that QB Brock Osweiler "has been a pleasant surprise" so far. “Since he has been here, he has been outstanding," Jackson said. "Everybody has a reputation before them. His was a little bit different. He’s not any of that, that we saw. The guy has been outstanding in our building, and I think that’s what is most important.” There should be a fairly open competition at QB in Cleveland this summer, with Cody Kessler as the early favorite. We'll see where this goes.

The Browns will acquire QB Brock Osweiler and a 2018 2nd round draft pick from the Texans. The move clears $16 million in salary from Houston's books, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Browns are now expected to move on from QB Robert Griffin III, leaving them with Osweiler and Cody Kessler atop the depth chart. We wouldn't anoint Osweiler as the Week 1 starter -- Cleveland will certainly still add a QB in the 2017 draft -- but a massive contract gives him another chance to rehab his image. Of course, that won't be easy after a rough 2016, one that included 15 TDs, 16 INTs and a 59% completion rate. We'll also see if Houston can acquire QB Tony Romo from Dallas.

Update: Schefter and Rapoport report that the Browns are considering a release or a trade of Osweiler. Stay tuned as more details roll in.

The Browns have released QB Josh McCown. The 37-year-old appeared in 5 games as part of Cleveland's 2016 QB carousel, completing just 54.5% of his passes with 6 TDs and 6 INTs. McCown reportedly wants to continue his playing career but will only draw interest as a veteran backup. The Browns, meanwhile, are left with QBs Robert Griffin, Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan. They'll likely add to that group via free agency and/or the draft.

Browns QB Robert Griffin has passed through the concussion protocol and will practice on Thursday, according to ESPN's Tony Grossi. HC Hue Jackson suggested earlier this week that he still believes RG3 might be the team's answer at QB, so we'd expect him to get the nod in Sunday's finale against the Steelers.

Browns QB Robert Griffin suffered a concussion in the 2nd half of Sunday's game against the Chargers. Before exiting, he completed 17 of 25 passes for 164 yards, 0 TDs and 0 INTs. He added another 42 yards on the ground -- but also took 7 sacks. QB Cody Kessler has replaced RG3.

It's official. The Browns announced Thursday that QB Robert Griffin III will start Sunday's rematch with the Bengals. It'll be Griffin's 1st game action since he suffered a fracture in his left shoulder in the season opener -- a game in which he and the Browns offense on whole struggled. It's impossible to project Griffin's impact on the rest of the offensive skill players. His mobility adds something for the Bengals' D to worry about, but Griffin has also been disturbingly susceptible to sacks and oft-erratic with his passing when we've had the chance to see him play over the past couple of years. We certainly can't count him as an upgrade over QB Cody Kessler, or a downgrade for Cincinnati's team D value in fantasy football this week.

Browns QBs Robert Griffin (shoulder) and Cody Kessler (concussion) have both received full clearance. The team hasn't announced who will be under center after the Week 13 bye. With solid matchups vs. Cincinnati, Buffalo and San Diego, RG3 or Josh McCown could be options in 2-QB leagues. McCown remains the most reliable guy for Cleveland's pass-catchers.

Browns QB Cody Kessler (concussion) is out for Sunday’s game against the Giants. QB Josh McCown draws the start but is only a lower-end option in 2-QB leagues.

Browns HC Hue Jackson announced Monday that QB Josh McCown will start this weekend's game against the Giants. QB Cody Kessler will be held out after suffering his 2nd concussion of the year yesterday. QB Robert Griffin, meanwhile, isn't ready to return quite yet from his shoulder injury. McCown has struggled in relief duty the past 2 weeks but did toss a pair of TDs in his 2 starts earlier this season. He's on the radar in 2-QB leagues for Week 12.

Browns QB Cody Kessler sustained a concussion in the 2nd half of Sunday's game against the Steelers. It's his 2nd concussion of the season. We'll track his progress through the league's protocol.

The forecast for today's Steelers-Browns game calls for a 30% chance of snow with winds of 27-29 mph and gusts up to 40. That wind is a significant concern. We'd avoid both kickers and downgrade the passing games, especially the guys who rely on downfield stuff. Bang it here for updated projections for the Steelers and Browns.

Browns QB Robert Griffin (shoulder) is "on pace" to return this season, VP Sashi Brown said. RG3 is eligible to be activated from the IR at any time now. ESPN's Josina Anderson reports that he could return to practice as early as this week. Brown wouldn't say, though, whether the team will stick with QB Cody Kessler the rest of the way or give Griffin another shot. “First we’ve got to get him healthy,” he said of RG3. “He’s in the process of going back to the docs. He looks like he’s on pace to be able to come back later this year. Cody also is playing well, so we want to give Hue the opportunity to make that decision at the time we know Robert’s an option. Until then, we’re happy with and will look to Cody to continue to push forward.” Griffin is only worth a grab-and-stash in deep 2-QB leagues.

Browns HC Hue Jackson said after Thursday night's loss that Cody Kessler remains his starting QB. "Cody's still the QB. I took Cody out because I wanted a spark," Jackson said. "I wanted to try a veteran." The move to Josh McCown backfired big time. The veteran completed just 6 of 13 passes for 59 yards, 0 TDs and 2 INTs over the game's final 30 minutes. The Browns might go 0-16.

Browns QB Cody Kessler was benched at halftime of Thursday night's game against the Ravens. The Akron Beacon Journal's Nate Ulrich confirms that Kessler is not injured. That was our 1st guess because the rookie wasn't bad in the first 30 minutes, completing 11 of 18 passes for 91 yards, 1 TD and 0 INTs. Cleveland scored just 7 points, though, and has turned to veteran QB Josh McCown.

Browns HC Hue Jackson announced on Friday that QB Cody Kessler will start this weekend's game against the Cowboys. It's a smart move for a team already looking ahead to 2017 to get another look at its rookie. Kessler has played surprisingly well this season, completing 66.9% of his passes, averaging 7.1 yards per attempt and tossing 4 TDs vs. 1 INT. He remains a low-upside QB2 in fantasy football, though, and is a slight downgrade for Cleveland's pass-catchers.

Browns QB Cody Kessler (concussion) put in a full practice on Wednesday. That suggests he's been fully cleared, although we haven't gotten confirmation on that. We also haven't heard who Cleveland will go with against the Cowboys this weekend if both Kessler and Josh McCown are available. We'll continue to monitor the situation.

Browns QB Cody Kessler (concussion) has received medical clearance. HC Hue Jackson wouldn't say Monday who will start against the Cowboys this weekend. QB Josh McCown played reasonably well against the Jets, completing 25 of 49 passes (51%) for 341 yards, 2 TDs and 2 INTs. It'd make sense, though, for the 0-8 Browns to continue to evaluate Kessler.

Browns Cody Kessler (concussion) is out for Sunday’s game against the Jets. QB Josh McCown (shoulder) put in a full week of practice and will move back into the starting lineup. He’s on the Week 8 spot start radar vs. the league’s 24th-ranked QB defense.

 
 
 

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