Cleveland Browns ride rookie DeShone Kizer to win over New Orleans Saints

Lynette Rowe
August 13, 2017

Browns rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer had an impressive National Football League exhibition debut, but coach Hue Jackson said the team's three-way QB competition remains wide open.

There's still work to do, and Jackson isn't going to succumb to outside pressure to rush him. Jackson asked August 11 in a conference call.

"I think DeShone did some really good things", Jackson said. "It's the raising of a quarterback, and I think that takes time". "I think he'll be the first to tell you that". You just don't make decisions to make them.

"If a guy is good enough and deserving of the opportunity, trust me, we're not in a position where we wouldn't give the best player an opportunity".

But it's all part of the learning process for Kizer and Jackson wants to make sure he doesn't bring him along too quickly.

He could start Kizer against the Giants but reserve the right to go back to Brock Osweiler for the start of the regular season.

"Are you ready to name Kizer the starter for the next preseason game?"

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Kessler opened training camp atop the depth chart but was bad and slipped to No. 2. Jackson said after watching film of T Cam Erving, "it wasn't as bad as I think we all thought".

DeShone Kizer just made this a real quarterback competition and his decision of what to do next a hard one.

"You want to do what's best for your team and for your players, not just because people see a bomb that's thrown down the field for 45 yards".

New Orleans Saints special-teamer Tommylee Lewis showed tonight he can be more than just a specialist. So we're not there yet. But at the same time, it's the making of the quarterback and I think we all know that.

Kizer completed 11 of 18 passes for 184 yards and a touchdown, and missed out on a second score by a few feet when the receiver was stopped just short of the goal line.

Jackson said he was pleased that Kizer made plays with his arm and legs, and that he "stood in the pocket with poise". That would be a daunting schedule for any quarterback, never mind one who only made 23 starts at Notre Dame. Regardless of what side one is on, the reality is Kizer is going to get more reps with the first-team offense as the preseason continues. He said Kizer sometimes holds the ball too long while trying to read the defense.

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