Published: Mon, August 14, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Browns rookie takes 'step' in QB clash, could get next start

Browns rookie takes 'step' in QB clash, could get next start

"You can throw whatever you want to because he's got such great arm talent".

Playing time in the preseason isn't important for quarterbacks on almost any other National Football League team, but it is for the Browns quarterbacks who are in the midst of an open competition. "We're not there yet".

Kizer completed 11 of 18 passes for 184 yards and a touchdown, and missed out on a second score by a few feet when the receiver was stopped just short of the goal line. But it's important to remember it came against third-stringers.

Jackson was pleased with Kizer's overall performance, pointing out that he made plays "with his arm, made plays with his legs and stood in the pocket with poise". He said that calling plays in the huddle and some pre-snap reads continue to be occasional challenges for the rookie. Many pegged Kizer as a late first early second round pick, and now with Cleveland, many think Kizer is the future QB for the Browns.

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Jackson said he's not preoccupied with naming his starter for this game, but if he keeps the rotation the same as it has been the last two days, Osweiler will get the nod again, but Kizer will likely come off the bench first, followed by Cody Kessler and then possibly Kevin Hogan. But those things are huge things in games.

"It is too soon", Jackson said Friday on a conference call.

As for his other quarterbacks, "I wasn't expecting perfection tonight", Jackson said. I don't think you do things out of a knee-jerk reaction. "Yes, he did. Obviously he did".

Jackson had a lengthy, physical and competitive practice - with three "siren periods" of live hitting.

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Jackson said he would name a starter for the second preseason game August 21 against the Giants on Wednesday or Thursday.

"It's the making of a quarterback", Jackson said. Not yet. We have to know that he can do all of it before we put him out there full time. It's the raising of a quarterback.

Lee and the Browns haven't held back as far as installing the offense with Kizer, but Lee has also been trying to break some of Kizer's bad habits, especially mechanically, which takes time. "I can't tell you how hard he prepares". You don't make decisions to make them. Let's see it for what it was: the guy made some plays at the end to give us a chance to win, but there's still things he needs to do better. That makes it easier to go with a rookie quarterback if Jackson determines the time is right.

Hue Jackson will name his starting quarterback by Wednesday or Thursday for the second preseason game August 21 against the Giants. Kizer could get more time against the Giants' starters, or he could move up to second team to see better quality defenders to help assess where he is. "I mean, I don't feel very comfortable", Jackson said. Nothing's off the table.

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"All these things are on the table. But I think right now I'm not in a position to say where I am".

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