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Browns coach names Toledo-native DeShone Kizer starting QB

Browns coach names Toledo-native DeShone Kizer starting QB”

He's a rookie, and the level of competition is immensely more hard, as many rookies before Kizer have learned.

Not like there's a better choice, anyway. Mother nature so badly hates Cleveland that when it's not setting the river on fire, it's raining out Game 7 of the World Series to give the Indians *just* enough time to figure out how to lose. "He's established a work ethic that has earned the respect of his teammates", Jackson said in a conference call Sunday.

Kessler started eight games last season for the Browns, passing for 1,380 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions as a rookie. Ineffectiveness and problems that carried over from past year doomed them both in the end, leaving Kizer as the only one still standing.

Kizer paused and looked away for a second.

That shows in games. The throw was fit in nearly perfectly, allowing Coleman to make a highlight-reel catch that gained 32 yards.

Kizer can't be judged - for better or worse - exclusively on his preseason performance.

First and foremost, Kizer is poised in the pocket.

And it's not like Kizer is oblivious to the pressure, a common flaw for young passers.

Mistakes like that caused Kessler's stock to drop after he opened the preseason with a tenuous grip on the starting job. The coach saw positives in Kizer's work despite some not-so-good numbers. The first two combined for an nearly interception when a corner jumped a route to the sideline and will be something opponents focus on in their preparation for the rookie. Kizer simply can make throws that past Browns QBs couldn't. As true as that may be, that is less about Kizer and more an indictment of the organization for not providing options.

Kizer joins a long list of Browns starting quarterbacks, 27 to be exact, who have started for the club since its expansion rebirth in '99. Jackson began helping Kizer with his footwork and delivery before the draft. But to say it's only by default is not fair to Kizer, because from the day he was drafted, the rookie has shown the right attitude and approach, which combined with his ability has provided a glimmer of hope at a position that has been the Browns' quagmire.

Kizer starting is due at least in part to their lack of options.

Thomas was also enthused that Kizer specifically made a point of wanting to be the last quarterback Thomas ever plays with. In the dress rehearsal game against Tampa Bay, Kizer showed more promise despite a final statline that Jackson said didn't reflect how the youngster performed in his first National Football League start.

Trubisky's situation is a little more cloudy. "But around him we all have to do our jobs better, to better support him".

Just as important is avoiding having Kizer pick up bad habits to survive.

He throws the ball downfield. Ealy was traded to New England in March, but cut on Saturday.

Jackson said he's willing to stick with Kizer during what could be a turbulent season, and the young QB is thankful for the support. That's who this front office is and who Hue is.

Baltimore coach John Harbaugh has been clear throughout training camp that Joe Flacco, who has been recovering from a nagging back injury, will be ready for the team's Week 1 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

And the Browns go through five quarterbacks in a span of eight games.

Short and sweet, like all Browns quarterback eulogies typically are. What is the best path for the Browns to attempt to maximize him as a player?

"I think we all dove into this the right way to go find a guy who hopefully can solve our quarterback issue".



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