BEREA, Ohio--After the Browns traded for Brock Osweiler, the team went out of their way to let everyone know that they were not planning on keeping him.
Osweiler was not included in any of the introductory press conferences provided by the other off-season acquisitions. National television networks reported soon after the trade with the Houston Texans that the trade was all about the Browns acquiring a second-round draft pick in 2018 from Houston, if they would take on Osweiler's bloated $16 million salary and that the Browns planned to trade Osweiler. If no trade partner was found, they would release him.
“Once again, I don’t really make those decisions as far as what I was in the trade, but the facts are I’m here, I’m playing football, I love being a Cleveland Brown and it has just been so great to work with Coach (Hue) Jackson and (quarterbacks) Coach (David) Lee," Osweiler said. "I have grown so much this spring, especially in OTA Phase 2. Coach Lee is just tremendous with the fundamentals. Coach Jackson doesn’t let us slack off at all, which really keeps you on your game. I have really grown as a quarterback here, and I love being a Cleveland Brown.
However, in recent weeks, the Browns have said that Osweiler would compete in OTA's and they would see what would happen. Osweiler took reps with the second group after Cody Kessler during Wednesday's practice. Kevin Hogan was third and rookie DeShone Kizer was fourth.
After signing a multi-year mega contract with the Texans last season, Osweiler completed 301-of-510 passes for 2,957 yards (59 pct.) with 15 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. His rating was 72.2.
Jackson was asked about Osweiler after seeing him on the field.
“He is doing some good things," Jackson said. "They all are, even the young guy (QB DeShone Kizer). They are all growing and learning, and our defense is throwing a lot at them. That is fun. That is the good part. Things will start to slow down for them all and start to really understand the system and start to move forward.”
Osweiler said he's focusing on working on what he can control and hasn't had any conversations with the Browns about his future with the team.
“There haven’t been any conversations like that," he said. "Like I said, I’m only going to work on a fact-based deal. Right now, I’m out here at practice, I’m trying to learn this system to the best of my ability, trying to be a great teammate, doing things with guys outside of the building and working hard inside of it. I’m only going to worry about the things I can control – my effort, my attitude, how hard I work, how hard I study, and that is really what my focus is on right now.”
Osweiler was asked during his interview if he felt he was good enough to be an NFL starting caliber quarterback.
"Absolutely," he said.
When asked why he was.
"I think the proof is in the film for the past two years," Osweiler said.
The reporter continued to challenge him that maybe the proof wasn't in the film, Osweiler said.
Garrett, Peppers Miss: No. 1 overall pick DL Myles Garrett sat out of Wednesday's practice with what was described as a 'minor' injury according to him and Hue Jackson. Besides Garrett, others not practicing were DB Jabrill Peppers, WR Kenny Britt, OL Joe Thomas, OL Joel Bitonio, OL Austin Reiter and OL John Greco.
"I's minor," Garrett said. "I hope to be out there next week."
Jackson said all of the players not practicing had minor injuries and he was being cautious 'taking care' of his players.
“He will be fine," Jackson said. "Obviously, I am just going to be very cautions with guys. You guys know how I have been anytime guys have a little soreness that way. I want to make sure we are totally healthy. When we had the rookie minicamp, there was a little soreness. I just wanted to make sure that was out before we stuck him out there again.”
Jackson was asked about Britt and Peppers.
“I don’t think it is anything major," he said. "I think all of those guys will be hopefully out performing next week and competing. Those guys have been in some practices. We just had some slips, bumps and bruises here and there. We will be OK.”
Coleman Dinged: WR Corey Coleman caught a long touchdown pass from QB Brock Osweiler, but was knocked out of bounds after the catch and was on the ground for several minutes with trainers attending to him. After Coleman got up, he was taken to the locker room under his own power by trainers.
“He will be fine," Jackson said. "He came down, I think, on the ball a little bit, too, but I think he will be OK.”
The Crow: RB Isaiah Crowell was on the practice field after not being in attendance in the earlier off-season practices. Crowell signed his one year contract earlier this spring. Jackson was asked if everything is good between Crowell and the team.
“Oh yeah, as far as I know it is," he said. "He is here. I am excited he is here. He has done a great job. He is in great shape. He looks like Crow – fast, explosive, can catch and is tough. A little rusty, but I am excited he is here. He is one of our better football players.”
Quick Hits: QB DeShone Kizer threw a nice deep pass to WR Rashard Higgins down the sideline and Higgins made a great diving catch...Shortly thereafter, Kizer threw a pass that was intercepted by DB Ibraheim Campbell and returned for a touchdown...LB Dominque Alexander leveled rookie RB Matthew Dayes...After Osweiler threw a touchdown pass to Coleman, he was intercepted by DB Trey Caldwell after a pass went off the hands of WR Rannell Hall..TE Taylor McNamara made a spectacular one-handed catch on a high pass by QB Kevin Hogan. McNamara is an undrafted rookie free agent from USC. He played with QB Cody Kessler at USC.