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We all equally groaned when ESPN did their usual QB-list name clowning during a segment in showing the long list of Browns quarterbacks who have failed in Cleveland. He's going to learn a lot and gain a lot of experience and the only way you get that is by playing.
Finally, Jackson said Kizer did some things better than he expected. "He has the talent and makeup we're looking for".
"My personal feeling is that over the last season, we've seen players come under unfair scrutiny for protesting during the anthem, mainly because the focus has become on whether or not a player is being disrespectful to the flag or military and not on the issue and cause attempting to be addressed by the protest", Jackson said in a statement.
"We're not going to blink about it and move forward, " said Jackson.
"He's earned the right to play through his preparation", Jackson told reporters. It's very exciting. It's been good to watch his development. With one sentence, he sounds like he's leaning toward Osweiler and with the next he sounds like he's leaning toward starting Kizer when the season opens with a home game against the Steelers on September 10. He's the second rookie to have that honor. Although there were several frontrunners slated to take the job, including former Houston Texans and Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler, former Notre Dame standout Deshone Kizer seems to be the new man in Cleveland. Kizer was also the fourth quarterback drafted behind Mitch Trubisky, Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson, but the first to earn a starting job. ". I felt comfortable with him".
"I don't ever want to put something on someone too soon if they're not ready", Jackson said Wednesday.
In the first three preseason games, Kizer has completed 25-of-49 (51%) for 351 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT for a 72.7 rating. Hogan capped off an eight play 87-yard drive with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Leslie with 1:53 remaining in the game. A dropped pass and a fumble in the red zone marred his outing Saturday.
"No doubt, it would be a whole different game for him, " said Jackson. "I definitely ate healthy, did a good job of making sure I knew what I was putting in my body all the time".
The rookie passer took his first possession as the team's starter and led a 10-play drive that covered 57 yards and resulted in a 38-yard field goal from Cody Parkey.
While watching the game at my favorite watering hole, Parma Tavern, I was causally talking to two fellow fans during the game, and like me, they were blown away and impressed by Kizer's poise, arm strength and ability to lead Cleveland's first-team down the field.