“It’s a competition, but I would expect Brock to win because of his experience. And a rookie quarterback is the hardest position to get ready to play in your first year. So there’s no doubt he could win the competition,” Thomas said, referring to Kizer.
But Thomas said he still expected Osweiler to prevail “just because my personal philosophy is, as a quarterback, it takes at least two or three years to have a basic level of understanding of N.F.L. defenses and offenses to be able to operate proficiently out there on the field, especially in Week 1.”
As expected, Coach Hue Jackson picked Osweiler to start a second straight preseason game when the Browns host the Giants on Monday night. Kizer will play second, with Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan also getting time.
“It doesn’t mean anything for the regular season,” Jackson said. “This is this game.”
Kizer was the third quarterback used in the exhibition opener, but Jackson moved him ahead of Kessler this week so he would get snaps against better competition.