Brock Osweiler could be Browns next bridge quarterback

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Dec 18, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler (17) and defensive end J.J. Watt (center) and defensive end Antonio Smith (94) stand on the sideline during the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 18, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler (17) and defensive end J.J. Watt (center) and defensive end Antonio Smith (94) stand on the sideline during the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /
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Oct 16, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler (17) looks over the defense at the line of scrimmage against the Indianapolis Colts during the third quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 16, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler (17) looks over the defense at the line of scrimmage against the Indianapolis Colts during the third quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports /

There should be little argument that Osweiler is better than current third-stringer Kevin Hogan, and a solid argument can be made that Osweiler is better than Kessler.

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Osweiler was solid in Denver in 2015 when he started seven games for the Broncos because he played in a run-heavy offense and with a stout defense backing him up. The Broncos then offered him a deal that would pay him an average of around $13 million a year for three seasons. (And we’re repeatedly told that John Elway is a genius, so if liked Osweiler, then Osweiler must be good, yes?)

He foolishly let his emotions get in the way, however, after being benched for Peyton Manning and decided to sign with the Texans, who favor a past-heavy offense that does not cater to Osweiler’s game.

The Browns are not the Broncos, but Osweiler could find a comfort level in Cleveland. With the moves the Browns made in free agency to shore up the offensive line, and with the running back tandem of Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson – who helped the Browns hit a 50-year high in yards per carry last season – the Browns can be a running offense that works to take the pressure of Osweiler.

And while the defense is not up to speed just yet, there is no doubt they will be better this fall simply because Gregg Williams is running the defense instead of Ray Horton.

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