Deshone Kizer appears to win starting job, though Hue Jackson stops just short of naming rookie

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The Browns have lived by the adage if at first you don’t succeed, try and try and try and try again. Maybe the team’s 27th starting quarterback since 1999 will prove the charm.

Browns coach Hue Jackson said after Saturday night he was not ready to name rookie DeShone Kizer his starting quarterback for the season opener, but it appears a mere formality. The announcement could come as soon as Sunday.

Kizer went 6-for-18 for 93 yards and an interception in the dress rehearsal against the Bucs.

“He didn’t fall flat on his face,” Jackson said with a smile, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “. . . I felt comfortable with him. I thought he managed the team well, accomplished some things and we’ll keep coaching him up.”

In three preseason games, the second-round pick completed 25 of 49 passes for 351 yards with one touchdown and one interception. A dropped pass and a fumble in the red zone marred his outing Saturday.

“He’s doing everything I’m asking him to do,” Jackson said. “I think he’s doing everything that he needs to do to prepare himself for this opportunity. He did some good things and made a jump, but I’m not ready to just [name him the starter]. I will here soon, but I like to watch the tape and make sure everything is correct before I make that decision.”

9 responses to “Deshone Kizer appears to win starting job, though Hue Jackson stops just short of naming rookie

  1. Bronco’s Kyle Sloter much better than Kizer.
    Kizer will do just enough to have the Factory of Sadness miss out on the best QBs in next year’s draft.
    Read scouting reports Bob McGinn had of Kizer in his Milwaukee newspaper column last April.

  2. He was much better than the numbers would make it seem. Lots of drops and a handful of throw-aways. They have a legit receiver problem. Coleman looks like he’s coming on but not much else.

  3. That stat line is misleading. There were a number of drops and at least one nice pass nullified by penalty. He clearly has a ton of talent so the only thing holding him back is experience. I just hope Jimmy gives him and Hue enough time to see it through

  4. I didn’t get to see him but watching the box score left me feeling a little flat. This article helped me see some better numbers than I was seeing (like 2-8 for 16 yards). End of day it isn’t BO, who lost his shot, and while CK looked efficient from the game summary, he won’t be lighting up any scoreboards for the Browns. We had one of those QBs before in Charlie Frye. Go DiShone. I’m rooting for you!

  5. I watched the game and the Browns need a real QB. Kizer and the other two looked mediocre at best.

  6. To those of you who didn’t watch, the stat line is very deceiving. Kizer had ice in his veins on third and long and converted big pressure plays. He looked poised and threw the ball away when it wasn’t there rather than taking sacks or making stupid mistakes deep in his own territory. Based on this preseason’s performance, he definitely looks like the best QB on the Browns roster and MAY have what it takes to be a solid starter. He looks like the real deal, as long as he stops staring down receivers. He telegraphs a little too much right now.

    But, this is the first time I have seen a Browns QB come out in preseason and inspire hope for the season. They look like they could actually be competitive and win some games. For years we have known the Browns QBs just don’t have it. This guy shows flashes of it along with rookie mistakes. That defense and O line are making it easier on him just like Dak and Russell Wilson.

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