AFC Rumors: Osweiler, Flacco, Bills, Jaguars

Earlier this week, Joe Thomas was asked if he could name all 18 quarterbacks the Browns have started during his tenure. The perennial All-Pro left tackle passed the test, and with Cody Kessler having been demoted to third string for now, that number figures to expand to at least 19 this season. Thomas believes the other veteran in the clubhouse will be the Week 1 starter.

I might be going out on a limb here, but I think they’re grooming Brock (Osweiler) to be the starter in Week 1 based on what I’ve seen,” Thomas said, via the Associated Press’ Tom Withers. “It is a competition, but I would expect Brock to win because of his experience.”

Osweiler’s primary competition is now DeShone Kizer, the team’s second-round pick who fared well against Saints backups in the Browns’ preseason opener. Kizer remains in the mix due to a combination of physical skills and instincts for the position, Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com notes.

Here’s the latest out of the AFC:

  • John Harbaugh, per Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com, said Joe Flacco won’t practice this coming week as the Ravens starting quarterback continues to recover from a back injury. This will mean four straight weeks without practice for the 10th-year passer, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport points out (via Twitter). The plan remains for Flacco to start in Week 1 against the Bengals, but if the 32-year-old signal-caller doesn’t practice during Week 3 of the preseason, the Baltimore Sun’s Jeff Zreibec notes (on Twitter) Flacco will get two weeks at most of work before the Baltimore opener. And Zreibec is skeptical he will get that much work (Twitter link).
  • Reggie Ragland has yet to assimilate well into Sean McDermott‘s scheme, and Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News expects the Bills to attempt to trade the ex-Alabama stalwart. Carucci notes a trade to a team that uses a 3-4 defense would make sense. Buffalo has shifted to a 4-3, and the 2016 second-round pick’s current status — stationed on the third team — is not exactly acceptable for such a big recent investment. PFR’s Dallas Robinson put Ragland on his list of trade candidates.
  • Should Cordy Glenn‘s foot trouble linger much longer, Carucci expects the Bills to target outside tackle help. Specifying the waiver wire as the player-procurement practice of choice to add a tackle, Carucci notes second-round rookie Dion Dawkins would be the top in-house option to start there if Glenn is unable to man his post. After Austin Pasztor‘s Falcons agreement, the tackle market looks thin. McDermott said (via Mike Rodak of ESPN.com) he’s not quite ready to relocate Dawkins from the right tackle competition, where he’s battling incumbent Jordan Mills. However, Dawkins took left-edge reps Friday in practice, while Seantrel Henderson — suspended for the season’s first five games — lined up at right tackle.
  • Tom Coughlin‘s brought some old-school training techniques to Jaguars camp. Albert Breer of SI.com observed the Jags doing up-downs following their joint practice with the Patriots, and this didn’t sit well with some Jacksonville players. One told Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio the rarely utilized conditioning method will shorten his career “by at least two years.” While that may be an extreme estimate, Florio adds other Jaguars have grumbled about the throwback conditioning style. Florio notes Coughlin is believed to have pushed for a greater conditioning emphasis.
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10 comments on “AFC Rumors: Osweiler, Flacco, Bills, Jaguars

  1. sufferfortribe
    sufferfortribe

    I’ve been saying Osweiler would start all off-season. Experienced, better skills than Kessler, and Kizer is a rookie.

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  2. bigkingk

    If you don’t want to do up and downs, there’s lots of jobs at Burger King.

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    • Do Burger Kings still exist? I don’t think I’ve seen one in 15 plus year.

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      • DClayts

        We still have them in Canada. They can work there part-time while playing in the CFL

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        • Trevor

          I’m glad you have a Burger King because you damn sure can’t make whiskey.

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  3. sufferfortribe
    sufferfortribe

    Great, my comment disappeared again. I must be special.

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  4. xscalabr

    If you’re a football player, you probably shouldn’t be complaining about hard physical work, and whoever said that it would reduce his career is a dolt. This is why the ratings have gone down, the league has gone soft, and hockey and soccer are gaining popularity as a result

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  5. ALICE

    I agree x but also no one is taking a knee during the National Anthem in hockey. I’m so sick off these over paid crybaby’s. Ask them to spell Cat.

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    • lucienbel
      lucienbel

      Not even responding to this post and barely on topic as a reply to xscalabr. Just a way to get your crying about those over paid crybaby’s heard.

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  6. dust44

    Didn’t buffalo trade a disappointing but still an ok backup in Kuanjo (not even close to spelling that right but the ex bama OT) to the lions? Sure could use him now if ur best option is Dawkins a rookie who’s probably best suited for guard to play LT.

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