Browns Name DeShone Kizer the Starter

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Updated: August 23, 2017

Browns head coach Hue Jackson made his decision of who will start for the third preseason game. Hue gave the 21-year-old out of Notre Dame DeShone Kizer the starting gig.

Kizer, a very talented quarterback with the traits and measurements to stay alive in the AFC North, will look to take advantage of this opportunity and make sure he can hang on to this job.

In his debut, DeShone Kizer completed 11/18 passes for 184 yards and a touchdown resulting in a 114.1 rating and a win for the Browns. During the game, Kizer flashed his big time talent including his pocket presence and being able to look off defensive backs and linebackers to hit his wide receivers in a tight window. Even though his numbers were impressive, we have to realize that Kizer played against third-teamers and a defense that is widely known as not too good (Saints).

This time, Kizer moved up the depth chart and passed Cody Kessler to be the team’s second-string quarterback. It was a game that could be considered a real challenge not just for Kizer, but for the whole team and that was playing the Giants. Kizer showed similar playmaking ability like he did during his debut, racking up 74 yards while completing 8/13 passes following a 77.1 rating and win for Cleveland. He showed some things that would get any coach excited, but it’s clear that he has a lot of work to do going forward.

Progress is being made right before our very eyes under the tutelage of Hue Jackson. Could DeShone Kizer become the franchise quarterback? Many fans are ready to call him the next Bernie Kosar and some want to pump the brakes and let him learn by sitting.

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