Story written by Tim Whelan —
The Browns are coming off a 20-14 victory over the New Orleans Saints thanks to the heroics of rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer. Although wins don’t count for anything in the preseason. It is still does have an impact on the Browns. Hue Jackson is trying to change the culture in Berea. Every little win matters to the Browns.
What to look for…
The obvious battle for the Browns is quarterback competition per usual. New year, same competition. The Browns will trot out Brock Osweiler to start the game. He will be looking to end the debate of who should start week 1 vs the Pittsburgh Steelers. Rookie DeShone Kizer, and second year quarterback Cody Kessler are also in the competition. Though Brock Osweiler, and DeShone Kizer have the upper hand in the competition.
DeShone Kizer is keeping the competition close. Kizer showed poised, good pocket presence, big arm strength, willing to take big chances. Kizer threw 2 bombs including a 45 yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jordan Payton that won them the game.
Final quarterback numbers from preseason week 1:
DeShone Kizer 11/18 completions, 184 yards, 1 touchdown, 114.1 rating
Cody Kessler 5/10 completions, 47 yards, 63.3 rating
Brock Osweiler 6/14 completions, 42 yards, 50.3
Another position battle to keep up on is the right tackle position. It seems as though second year lineman Shon Coleman has the upper hand. Former first round draft pick Cameron Erving has been struggling. The Browns have tried him at every position but nothing changed. Cameron Erving could be on his way out of Cleveland. Struggling in practice, getting beat off the snap right away, the false start penalties continuing to add up.
Danny Shelton NT, knee
Joel Bitonio Guard, knee
Cameron Erving OL, calf
The Browns will be taking on the New York Giants at First Energy Stadium on Monday Night Football, Kickoff is 8 pm, on ESPN.