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Brock Osweiler to start Browns' preseason opener

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Brock Osweiler will get the first crack at Cleveland's wide open quarterback battle.

The Browns named the veteran QB1 heading into Thursday's preseason opener against the New Orleans Saints, the team announced on Monday.

Cody Kessler will come in next, followed by rookie DeShone Kizer and Kevin Hogan.

"A lot goes into our evaluation but it's always going to be about efficiently and effectively running the offense," Jackson said in a statement. "You want your starter to be able to do that despite any circumstance. Brock hasn't really gotten any first team reps and this will give him that chance. We look forward to seeing what he can do with this opportunity throughout the week and against the Saints."

Jackson made it seem like the next preseason game could feature another starter.

"We are going to see a lot more of all of them this preseason and everyone in that room still has the chance to earn more opportunities and the right to lead our team as the starter when the regular season begins on September 10th," he said.

Regarding the state of the quarterback competition, Jackson clarified during a Monday presser: "This thing's not over by any stretch."

This is a win for Osweiler considering that Kessler was considered the team's No. 1 heading into camp. Given the hellish year he just endured in Houston and the potential embarrassment of having his contract dumped in Cleveland, it seems like the former Broncos second-round pick is making the best of a less-than-ideal situation.

Obviously, Cleveland wants project second-round pick Kizer to eventually take the reins, and it seems like the Browns are building him up the right way. Kizer has a chance to shine against second- and third-string competition on Thursday and work his way up the depth chart.

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