While nothing is official until Jackson says it, one has to love Thomas' lack of fear in this situation. As the franchise's most important player, a person who is in nearly every meeting including, as Cleveland.com points out, ones where "Jackson consults with team leaders such as Thomas on such matters," Thomas is about as good a source as it gets.
Even though momentum was leaning in this direction for a few weeks, Thomas' quotes still mark a stunning turnaround for Osweiler. Once believed to be the human end of a salary-eating trade, Osweiler worked his way through an interesting field of quarterbacks in Cleveland to earn a preseason Week 1 start.
It's important to note that grooming doesn't necessarily mean guaranteeing. Kizer was 11 of 18 for 184 yards and a touchdown against New Orleans last week. Against significantly better competition, Osweiler was 6 of 14 for 42 yards -- numbers that must vastly improve on Monday night against the Giants if he plans on putting a stranglehold on the competition.