Kizer shines in Cleveland’s first preseason game

Aug 10, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer (7) throws a pass under pressure from New Orleans Saints linebacker Adam Bighill (99) during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sport

After a lackluster scrimmage performance, the buzz around DeShone Kizer was at an all time low, with Brock Osweiler proving to be the most impressive quarterback in the limited playing time he was given in the scrimmage.

Following that scrimmage, this news came out:

So yesterday Osweiler took the field for the Browns, attempted 14 passes and only completed six of them. That’s a 42.9 percent completion percentage and he only averaged 3.0 yards per attempt.

That’s a passer rating of 50.3.

To describe his debut as lackluster, therefore, would be the biggest understatement of the Browns season so far.

Kessler finished up the second quarter and DeShone Kizer came in after halftime and played the second half.

Kizer’s Performance

Kizer attempted 18 passes, completed 11 of them and threw for 184 yards. He ended the day with a QB rating of 114.1 and a couple of big throws that showed off his arm strength.

Kizer also displayed his ability to move around in the pocket, showing off some of his mobility.

After he didn’t meet the building expectations in his scrimmage debut for the Browns, Kizer came out and put together a fantastic game for the Browns and made it clear that he is still competing to be the starter of this team.


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When it’s all said and done, however, this is still a preseason game. He wasn’t playing against a first team defense (and let’s be honest, it was still the Saints defense), so fans should remember to keep expectations realistic with Kizer moving forward.

That said, this was the kind of start the young rookie needed to make and it’s the first step to taking this starting quarterback job from an unimpressive Kessler and a lethargic Osweiler.

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