DeShone Kizer explains his Tom Brady/Cam Newton comments

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Former Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer created a stir with recent comments that created the impression he views himself as a combination of Tom Brady’s mind and Cam Newton’s body. Kizer has owned the comments, but on PFT Live he shed a little more light on what he was trying to say.

Kizer said he doesn’t view himself currently as a Brady/Newton combination. Kizer aspires to become that, at some point. He knows he’s not there yet, and he realizes he may never be. But that’s the goal.

That message didn’t come through clearly enough in the USA Today interview that generated the quotes. Regardless of how that happened, Kizer said that he said what he said, and he has moved on. To his credit, he hasn’t pushed back as hard as perhaps he could have to demonstrate that he didn’t mean he’s currently a Brady/Newton hybrid.

One thing that became clear in talking to Kizer: He gets it. And given his physical talents and intelligence, he could indeed end up becoming the best quarterback in the class.

Possibly adding to his motivation is the prospect of spending all of Thursday night backstage at the draft without being picked. Most think that, indeed, he won’t hear his name called in round one. But all it takes is one team to conclude that he could eventually become a true franchise quarterback; if that happens, don’t be shocked if he ends up exiting the green room before the time comes to go home for the night.

26 responses to “DeShone Kizer explains his Tom Brady/Cam Newton comments

  1. But the problem wasn’t one of pure exuberance/asperation but partly one of an illogical/incompatible combination of two guys whose games are completely different (Brady’s analytical, pocket-passing precision game would still be the same if he had a more powerful frame), and partly one of patent untruth in that Kizer simply doesn’t have Cam’s size & physique anyway and is isn’t likely to grow a new body!

  2. Just asking but he is still talking about it does this mean he will struggle to move past mistakes? He shouldn’t care what we fans or the media think. A true competitor would rather spend his time proving me wrong then continue to talk about it which makes me feel as if he’s proving me (as a Kizer nay sayer) right.

  3. To the Pats with the 32nd pick they get from the Saints for Malcolm Butler. And then they’ll get some monster like Cam Robinson or OJ Howard with the 12th pick (and more with the additional pick(s)) they get from Cleveland for Garrapolo.

  4. I think judging from the comments in the last Kizer article, your readers understood what he was saying all along.
    Watson and Kizer are the only two QBs in this year’s draft that look like they’re sure things to be starters in the NFL. No idea whether either will be a good starter or bad, but everyone else looks like professional backups/journeymen.

  5. Did he walk back the bit about throwing his notes at coaches? Because that didn’t sound like a kid that ‘gets it.’

  6. Cute sentiments…. This guy is no NFL starter….he will make some cash, as a backup though…

  7. Arrogant, dumb with zero respect for the really great NFL players. I wouldn’t touch him regardless of his athleticism. He went backwards at Notre Dame last season for a reason. Kizer is a big gamble.

  8. This guy is a BUM. Bum at Notre Dame. And will be an even bigger bum in the NFL. Bad football player. Bad intangibles. Heck, his “biggest ally” Coach Kelly, won’t even stand up for him. Too telling. Can’t wait for “The Letter to my younger self” on the Players Tribune 20 years from now… Gonna be EPIC!

  9. I think judging from the comments in the last Kizer article, your readers understood what he was saying all along.
    Watson and Kizer are the only two QBs in this year’s draft that look like they’re sure things to be starters in the NFL. No idea whether either will be a good starter or bad, but everyone else looks like professional backups/journeymen.

  10. If he could sit for awhile, this guy could not just be good but great. Problem is that he probably won’t get to sit for awhile. Also, like Watson, his accuracy is an issue. But if the Cardinals can get him in the 2nd round and sit him behind Palmer for 2 years, I’d take that gamble.

  11. Every prospect gets compared to a current or former NFL player, but somehow Kizer is a bum for making the comparison himself? Yeah, that’s PFT reader logic there. At no point did he say or infer he was as good as either Brady or Newton.

  12. This idiot didn’t say he could be, “the best QB in his class” he said, “I do have the ability to be the greatest quarterback to ever play”, before he’s ever started an NFL game.

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