The Cleveland Browns lost a heartbreaker against the Green Bay Packers. After gaining a 21-7 advantage, the Browns faltered and gave up 14 unanswered points. This thriller went into overtime, where a horrible offensive possession left the Packers with prime field position to win the game. Regardless of the outcome, DeShone Kizer played himself a pretty good game.
The rookie completed 20 out of 28 passes for 214 yards and three touchdowns. He did throw two interceptions, but we’ll get into that later. Kizer also added seven yards on the ground while only taking two sacks. His stats alone show improvement in his game, but there are definitely some kinks to work out still.
Overall, I believe Kizer played a good game barring some mistakes. He started off great, hitting his targets in stride. The running game looked good and the offense looked fluid. Kizer has weapons to throw to now with the return of Corey Coleman and Josh Gordon. It is evident that he is clearly targeting Coleman and Gordon more. It helps a rookie to gain confidence when they have receivers they can rely on.
Now, there were a bunch of good passes I witnessed by Kizer and two of them resulted in touchdowns. The first was a gem to Josh Gordon in the first quarter. It was a slant route and Kizer laid it in there where the defender couldn’t get it. It was right where only Josh could get it and it was a beautiful catch for the score. The second pass was a two-yarder to Coleman just at the goal line and only where he could catch it. If these are signs of what is to come of the Browns offense, then I am all for it.
The next task would be to clean up the mental errors. Both of Kizer’s interceptions could have been prevented. The first occurred at the end of the second quarter. Kizer telegraphed his pass as he eyed down Coleman the whole time and Haha Clinton-Dix red it the whole time. In the future, the rookie will learn to look the safety off of his intended receiver. The second happened in overtime. The rookie made a bonehead decision to throw the ball with Clay Matthews closing in on him. His arm was hit and the ball went sailing in the air. Once again, Kizer telegraphed his pass. It was third down with two yards to go and Kizer eyed Gordon from the snap. Gordon was blanketed right away and our quarterback didn’t even bat an eye at any other receiver.
As we all know, the Browns ended up losing. The rookie made a rookie mistake and tried to make something out of nothing. Throw the ball away and live the fight another day. Either you go for it on fourth down or punt and trust your defense. Kizer has definitely grown from Week 1, but it is clear he still needs to learn. All I know is that he has the next three weeks to audition for our new GM, John Dorsey.
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