The Browns have traded QB Kevin Hogan to Washington for a 6th-round draft pick, ESPN reports. Good move for Cleveland, which has clearly chosen a new direction. Hogan figures to compete for a backup job with Colt McCoy, who has 1 year left on his contract
Browns HC Hue Jackson announced Wednesday morning that QB Kevin Hogan will start this weekend's game against the Texans. QB DeShone Kizer has looked lost since an encouraging debut, completing just 47.3% of his passes with 2 TDs and 8 INTs. Hogan, meanwhile, has been solid in 3 relief appearances, posting a 68.4% completion rate with 3 TDs and 2 INTs. "We've liked what Kevin has been able to do within our offense when he's been in there and he will start on Sunday because that's what we feel is best for our team at this point in time," Jackson said. "This does not change the way we feel about DeShone going forward. He's worked extremely hard and still very much has a bright future. Right now, it's better for him and his development to back up Kevin." We're expecting to see Kizer back under center at some point this season, but he's not worth stashing in redraft leagues. Hogan is just a low-end QB2 vs. Houston this weekend.
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 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.