Browns' Joe Schobert eager to tackle job of starting middle linebacker

Cleveland Browns: Kevin Hogan spurs comeback win over Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Osweiler, Kessler and Kevin Hogan will compete for the backup spot. Kessler is 12 of 17 in two preseason games but averaging less than 6.0 yards per completion. With his quarterback? The preseason is obviously way too long.

"No doubt, it would be a whole different game for him, " said Jackson.

Interceptions will be the cause for concern now going into the regular season.

The Browns defense continues to shine even on a rainy night. If he starts against the Steelers, he would be the Browns' 27th starting quarterback since returning in 1999, the 19th in Thomas' tenure, the 15th opening-day starter since 1999 and the fourth in four years. Cleveland forced two turnovers and recorded five sacks of Buccaneers quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick.

The Cleveland Browns took a 3-0 lead over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a 38-yard field goal from kicker Cody Parkey with 4:56 to play in the first quarter of the third preseason game from Raymond James Stadium.

While watching the game at my favorite watering hole, Parma Tavern, I was causally talking to two fellow fans during the game, and like me, they were blown away and impressed by Kizer's poise, arm strength and ability to lead Cleveland's first-team down the field. He did not score a touchdown and he did throw an interception.

The gesture of kneeling during the national anthem, started by the still-unsigned free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, always seemed to be a glaring misunderstanding of what it meant to stand during the national anthem.

September 1 is one day after the Steelers' preseason finale against the Cleveland Browns.

The rocket-armed rookie QB from Notre Dame was named Cleveland's starter for Saturday night's third exhibition game in Tampa Bay, and barring an unforeseen flop or injury - remember, these are the Browns - Kizer will start the season opener September 10 against Pittsburgh.

"I'm comfortable with him (Kizer)", Jackson said to Cleveland.com Mary Kay Cabot following the contest against Bucs, "He has the right feel for me and for what I'm looking for". "This is our dress rehearsal game, so we definitely need to". He's going to learn a lot and gain a lot of experience and the only way you get that is by playing. He also has rushed eight times for 47 yards and one score. He was removed from the game at halftime after completing 6-of-18 passes for 93 yards, and it was clear then that he would be named the starter sometime in the 36 hours that followed.

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