DeShone Kizer: I have become a lot better since being drafted

AP

The Browns made their choice of rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer official on Sunday, ending a quarterback competition that basically started the moment the Browns made him a second-round pick in April.

Kizer’s entry into the NFL came with an admonition from Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly that it was going to take time for the former Fighting Irish quarterback to be ready to play in the NFL. Kizer didn’t disagree with Kelly back in April, but said at a Monday press conference that he has done a lot of work over the last four months and “become a lot better” since joining the Browns.

Kizer also addressed those who might share Kelly’s opinion that getting a starting job out of the gate might be too much for the rookie.

“Obviously going out and performing in preseason games is one thing, but to perform in games is another,” Kizer said. “Until I’m out there, everyone’s gonna have a right to have an opinion. If that’s their opinion, we’ll see Week One.”

Kizer said he doesn’t know at this point if we’ll be seeing him in this week’s preseason finale as well. He said he’d be happy to take any reps he can get, but the team might use the game to solidify how the depth chart will look beyond Kizer when the Browns open the regular season.

30 responses to “DeShone Kizer: I have become a lot better since being drafted

  1. Hey, you gotta get in there sooner or later. Here’s hoping the kid listens to Hue and follows his tutelage to a “T” and makes the most of his opportunity. Let’s hope this ends the QB carousel in Cleveland.

  2. I am not a believer in any rookie Qb starting, but if they are going to, Hue is one guy I’d trust to handle that.
    -Pats fan

    I watched the last Browns game and Kizer impressed me though his stats don’t look good. One think I liked is that he seldom made a bad play worse, and that is a tough skill for ANY Qb to master.

  3. from Elway to Manning all as Rookies got there butt kick. its part of the growing pains. he does check a lot of the boxes . he does stand tall in the pocket .the other first rd QBs all seem to run the first sight of trouble. could be the steal of the draft.

  4. Since Tim Couch, the Browns have started 8 rookie QB’s and none of them have worked out. Didn’t Einstein define insanity as trying the same thing over and over again and expecting different results? Why not start Osweiler and let this kid develop? I wonder how much confidence he’ll have in his game by the end of the year.

  5. Of course he’s better. How could he not be? He’s finally getting coaching. Hasn’t had any of that since high school

  6. Fingers crossed. They aren’t doing you any favors with this receiving corps. Pryor will be missed by half time week one. But the line and running game should be there.

    Good Luck Kizer!

  7. I was at the game and he looked pretty good to me. Granted for whatever reason, he had all day long in the pocket (Gerald McCoy didn’t play for one thing). However, that said he was poised and was hitting his targets. I hope he pans out. The league is better off when the Browns are competitive because of their passionate fans.

  8. So has the Steeler’s defense! Good luck with that in week 1! Yet another young QB on the pile of tears for the Browns! The definition of insanity is…

  9. What’s the difference between Couch, Weeden and Kizer? Couch had no line and the defense was worse. Weeden never understood that even with a great arm, you can’t stare down receivers and continually force the ball in the NFL. I believe Kizer is smarter than that. He’ll make mistakes but learn from them as well. Tangible progress is all the Browns fans want to see this year. Stop the bleeding and go from there.

  10. Not saying the Browns are winning 10 games, but the Offensive Line and Defense have never been more equipped for a Rookie QB. This isn’t Tim Couch playing on the 1999 expansion team.

  11. I like what I’ve seen from Kizer, he won the job because he was the best QB on the team so far during the preseason and shows he has big play potential. He’s made some rookie mistakes but the kid has cannon, if he can develop a little more touch on his long ball that should loosen up the D for Crowell. Hopefully Hue will protect him by running the ball a lot more and not having him launch 30-40 passes a game. A couple of well placed bombs should do the trick.

  12. Hue got the Raiders to 8-8 back to back years (one as OC) with Jason Campbell and Bruce Gradkowski taking turns at QB before bringing Carson Palmer in off the couch mid-season. And both of those seasons the offense absolutely carried the team. If Greg Williams straightens out the D the Browns could surprise some folks this year, maybe even go .500 or even 9-7. I think they’ll at least win 5 or 6.

  13. Two years, two fake QB competitions. At least, Hue is consistent. If another QB had a 33% completion rate, the media would have been all over it. When Kizer does it, he’s a HOFer. The article about how Kizer had the second best preseason for this year’s draft class unbelievable. They didn’t compare 1st team action vs 2nd team action vs third team action. They also forgot to include CJ Beathard.

  14. As a Steelers fan I honestly do want to see the Browns become a good team. Lately, when we play the Browns we know it is a win and would like to start seeing a competitive game between both teams again.

    I think elevating Kizer could blow up big. The biggest issue with Kizer coming out of college was his lack of experience and low pass completion.

    Yes, it is pre season but Kizer has completed only 51% percent of his passes so far as a NFL player. That number will never get the job done in this league. In his first 2 games against scrubs, he completed 61% of his passes and his last game against Tampa, he completed 33.3% when he was going against starters.

  15. PrincePaul says:
    August 28, 2017 at 12:47 pm
    Since Tim Couch, the Browns have started 8 rookie QB’s and none of them have worked out. Didn’t Einstein define insanity as trying the same thing over and over again and expecting different results? Why not start Osweiler and let this kid develop? I wonder how much confidence he’ll have in his game by the end of the year.

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    I couldn’t have said it any better. Not all rookies are ready to start and I think it is idiotic to force rookie QB’s when they aren’t ready. Against Tampa starters, the kid had a 33.3% completion. in his first two games against scrubs, he had 61% completion. If the Browns aren’t careful, he could turn into the next Mark Sanchez. A Guy, whose coach wanted to stay in college and told him he wasn’t ready but went pro and started early.

  16. Did you watch the game john baxter? If so you would see why a lot of people are optimistic. His stat line is very misleading. He was flat out robbed by a bad call that would have put them position for 1st and goal at the 2 on his first drive (that started inside the 5). He was also robbed a possible TD by Kenny Britt dropping a nice pass right in the numbers as he would have been in great position to lean or turn into the endzone. He really showed moxie behind that line and moved around instead of panic.

    He did make rookie mistakes as his stat line would reflect but his good easily outweighed the bad.

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