If you blinked in northern Ohio over the weekend, you missed a potential changing of the guard at quarterback.
Although Cody Kessler leads the trio in camp completion rate through eight practices and the one scrimmage, his arm strength and release leave a lot to be desired.
The primary takeaway from Monday's revelation is not that Osweiler is in the driver's seat. It's that early-August proclamations are too often rendered premature.
"This thing's not over by any stretch," Jackson emphasized.
How can camp observers maintain a reliable read on the changing depth-chart dynamics when the coaches continually adjust their own expectations based on that week's practice results and preseason game film?
Here's what else we learned on Monday:
- If Osweiler is atop the depth chart by default, the same might be said of Trevor Siemian in Denver. New coach Vance Joseph is affording Paxton Lynch every opportunity to tap into his prodigious potential, announcing Monday that the 2016 first-round pick will start the second preseason game after Siemian handles those responsibilities in Thursday night's opener. To this point, Lynch has failed to close the gap on the incumbent starter.
- Jay Cutler's $10 million contract with a chance to earn $3 million more in incentives strongly suggests the Dolphins expect Ryan Tannehill to sit out the 2017 season with a partial tear in his ACL. Does that financial commitment to Cutler also mean trusty backup Matt Moore won't be given a realistic shot at the starting job?
"I don't have to make that announcement right now," coach Adam Gase said Monday, "but (Cutler) didn't come out of retirement to stand on the sidelines."
- With no signing imminent in Baltimore, Colin Kaepernick is left languishing as the most accomplished quarterback on the open market. John Schneider, the one general manager to visit with Kaepernick since free agency opened in March, hasn't closed the door on the idea of upgrading behind Russell Wilson in Seattle.
"Yeah, I think he does play," Schneider said Monday's edition of Inside Training Camp Live. "I don't think anyone else brought him in, but we were doing our due diligence. We had a great visit with him. I think he plays in the league."
- Gang Green is turning ever more gangrenous. The Jets' already threadbare offensive roster unraveled even further Monday, following news that No. 1 receiver Quincy Enunwa will miss the entire 2017 season with a bulging disc in his neck. Two years after Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker became the first duo in NFL history to catch at least one touchdown apiece in nine different games, the entire 2017 camp corps has combined for six career scores.
Depth Chart Drama
"If you asked me a couple of months ago, I would have said it was pretty clear that the running back was on his way out of San Francisco," NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport said on Inside Training Camp Live. "It is not like that at all. I've been talking to 49ers people all day. It sounds like the light just came on for him. ... He has been just a beast, someone they are very, very excited about, viewed as the bell cow of their offense."
- The same can't be said for Mike Gillislee in New England. Signed away from Buffalo, Gillislee is listed behind Rex Burkhead and special teamer Brandon Bolden as a third-string running back. Although Gillislee and Burkhead are ultimately expected to split the workload that went to LeGarrette Blount last season, nothing is written in stone.
- The Steelers believe Martavis Bryant will finally get the green light to rejoin the team this week, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The freakishly talented wideout has been sitting out practices while awaiting full clearance to return from the suspension that cost him the entirety of the 2016 season.