DeShone Kizer leads two TD drives, including game-winner for Browns

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Browns rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer authored a 75-yard touchdown drive to lead Cleveland to a 20-14 victory over the New Orleans Saints in the preseason opener for both teams on Thursday night.

Kizer connected with Jordan Payton on a 45-yard touchdowns with 1:52 remaining to give the Browns the lead.

“It’s not too much different than things that we do all the time,” Kizer said after the game. “Basically if they give you an all-out pressure look, here’s one play. Whether it be a run inside or a max-protection pass, here’s the play for an all-out blitz. And here’s a play for if they want to go into any sort of a zone coverage.

“We had a run play dialed up where we knew we were going to be able to grab at least two yards. It’s just up to me to make sure that I just get the look, identify what the defense is and make sure that we’re calling the right play out there and put the ball in the right spot so someone else can go make a play.”

Cleveland’s defense would hold the advantage as Ladell Fleming sacked Saints quarterback Ryan Nassib and forced a fumble that he recovered to seal the win.

But Kizer had impressive moments in his debut with the Browns. He finished the game 11 of 18 for 184 yards and a touchdown.

Kizer led two touchdown drives for Cleveland on the night. A 52-yard pass from Kizer to Richard Mullaney set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Terrence Magee.

Kizer was selected by the Browns in the second round of the this year’s NFL Draft.

7 responses to “DeShone Kizer leads two TD drives, including game-winner for Browns

  1. Nice game. But let’s remember, before we crown any of these guys.. he went up against the Saints backup DB’s. It’s just one “game”, pump the brakes a little.

  2. Very impressive showing, no matter who he played against. Don’t dimiss the fact that he played with guys who won’t make the team, as receivers, OL & RBs. Great job kid! Kizer has all the tools, as he displayed at ND:passing running & team leadership.

    Nobody has him in the HOF, but he’s in good shape to play big for the Browns.

  3. “It’s just one “game”, pump the brakes a little.”
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    We know, we know. Everyone knows that preseason isn’t a direct correlation to the regular season. Nobody needs to “pump the brakes” since everyone’s reactions were reasonable given the situation. I’ll bet you go to lunch with your coworkers today and mention “it’s just preseason” after every comment someone makes on last night’s game. We understand this is preseason. Thanks for letting us know…Every year…That guy.

  4. I agree with commenters. He’s a very promising guy. And he has the perfect head coach to help him develop his game.

    He makes it sound so easy to read NFL defenses.

    “Basically if they give you an all-out pressure look, here’s one play. Whether it be a run inside or a max-protection pass, here’s the play for an all-out blitz. And here’s a play for if they want to go into any sort of a zone coverage.”

    Sure DeShone. Sounds simple, but actually RECOGNIZING what the defense is doing pre-snap has killed more NFL QBs than it has made. So I’d say you’re on your way to great things.

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