Cleveland Browns: DeShone Kizer receiving reps with first-team offense

Doug Mendoza
August 13, 2017

"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". But achieving at the highest level in the pro game takes just as much discipline. "We're not there yet".

Jackson said he was pleased that Kizer made plays with his arm and legs, and that he "stood in the pocket with poise".

That means if the Browns don't start Kizer next Monday night against the Giants, their only other option for doing so this preseason would be on a five-day turnaround against either the Buccaneers or Bears.

"Are you ready to name Kizer the starter for the next preseason game?" He could bump Kizer up to No. 2 ahead of Cody Kessler. Ideally, that opportunity would come in the Browns' third preseason game - which typically doubles as a "dress rehearsal" - but this is where the timing of Cleveland's current predicament gets complicated.

Whatever Jackson decides to do, it'll have little bearing on the long-term picture.

How quickly Kizer gets made the starting quarterback remains to be seen, but the head coach seems pretty happy with the building process thus far. "It's the raising of a quarterback, and I think that takes time". I think he will be the first to tell you that.

"Anytime you can win the game and make some of the plays he made, there were positives from that". You kind of let things play themselves out, and they will.

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"And if a guy is good enough and deserving of an opportunity, trust me, we're not in a position where we wouldn't give the best player an opportunity". However, Jackson isn't ready to commit to any of the trio as his starter for the September 10 regular-season opener against Pittsburgh.

It wasn't all good for the No. 52 pick out of Notre Dame. At least, against backup Cleveland Browns defensive backs.

Those things can help a young quarterback and Jackson said he would have no reluctance to play a rookie.

It makes sense for Hue Jackson to give Kizer some work with the first-team offense as he won't know how great the rookie can or can't be unless he plays with the top talent on the team.

And don't try to rush him. "We will really look through this and see where we are, but I think right now I am [not] really in a position to say where I am because I don't want to lead you guys into thinking that I am thinking one thing when maybe I am thinking another".

"It's the making of a quarterback", Jackson said.

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