Browns QB DeShone Kizer rotated in with the 1st-team offense at Tuesday's minicamp practice. HC Hue Jackson downplayed the development afterward. “That’s the way it’s been since OTAs have started," Jackson said. "We’re just mixing and matching and giving guys opportunities. As I told you, I’m going to find out about guys, that’s what I have to do over these next couple of days before we go to training camp." Fair. But Kizer has been buzzing over the past month. Insider Mary Kay Cabot says the rookie has "displayed excellent physical skills and he’s picking up the offense quickly." Kizer is a strong bet to make starts this season and could even end up leading the 2017 Browns in pass attempts.
Browns QB DeShone Kizer exited in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game in Baltimore with migraines. His return is questionable. QB Kevin Hogan has replaced the rookie.
UPDATE: Kizer returned in the 3rd quarter.
Browns HC Hue Jackson named QB DeShone Kizer his starter on Sunday. It's been trending in this direction all August. Kizer has been Cleveland's most impressive QB this preseason, averaging 7.2 yards per attempt with 1 TD and 1 INT -- plus 44 yards and another score on the ground. The rookie will be volatile both in real life and fantasy. But his combination of big arm and rushing ability could turn him into a spot-start option at some point this season.
Browns insider Mary Kay Cabot believes QB DeShone Kizer is "likely" to be named the starter. Kizer completed just 6 of 18 passes for 93 yards, 0 TDs and 1 INT against the Bucs on Saturday night. But his receivers dropped a couple of balls. And Kizer consistently pushed the ball downfield, which is what HC Hue Jackson is looking for. "He moved the ball and made some things happen ... I felt comfortable with him," Jackson said. "I thought he managed the team well, accomplished some things and we'll keep coaching him up." The rookie will go through some growing pains this season, but his big arm and rushing ability raise his fantasy ceiling. Kizer is worth a look late in 2-QB and best-ball leagues.
Browns HC Hue Jackson announced that QB DeShone Kizer will start the 3rd preseason game against the Bucs on Saturday night. He's moved from 3rd in the pecking order in the 1st exhibition, to 2nd in game #2 and now 1st. Jackson stopped short of naming Kizer his regular-season starter, saying only he's "positioning himself well to earn the starting job." But if the rookie plays this weekend like he has in his first 2 outings, he'll be under center on September 10 against the Steelers.
DeShone Kizer was the 3rd Browns QB into Thursday night's preseason opener, but he was easily the most impressive. The rookie finished 11-of-18 for 184 yards, highlighted by a 45-yard TD to WR Jordan Payton. He also picked up 12 yards on 3 carries. QB Brock Osweiler got the start but completed just 6 of 14 passes for 42 yards. QB Cody Kessler was next in line, finishing 5-of-10 for 47 yards. Clearly the most talented QB in Cleveland, bet on Kizer making the most starts this season. He still has a shot to win the Week 1 nod.
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