Prior to the 2017 NFL Draft, all we heard was how DeShone Kizer wasn’t ready. We heard the arm was strong, but the accuracy wasn’t great.
However, his NFL debut in the Cleveland Browns’ 20-14 win over the New Orleans Saints seemed to quiet the talk of Kizer not being ready.
The rookie quarterback connected on 11-of-18 passes for 184 yards and a touchdown — ahem, the game-winning touchdown.
Brock Osweiler and Cody Kessler, the QBs Kizer is competing with for the starting job, were not as impressive as the former Notre Dame star. Osweiler hit on 6-of-14 throws for 42 yards, and Kessler completed 5-of-10 passes for 47 yards. Neither were able to find the end zone.
But Browns head coach Hue Jackson isn’t ready to plug in Kizer as the starter for their Week 2 preseason game against the New York Giants on Monday. And Cleveland’s quarterbacks coach, David Lee, agrees with his head coach.
“He’s still not there. He knows it,” Lee said. “He’s trying, and he’s doing better. Has he got it mastered? Not yet. So, we’ve got to know he can do all of it before we put him out there full-time. So, he’s not ready for that yet.”
So, despite the late-game heroics from their rookie quarterback, it appears the Browns aren’t ready to hand over the starting job just yet — even though both Kizer and Osweiler received reps with the starters on Saturday while Kessler worked with the second teamers.
No, it looks like it’s still Osweiler’s job to lose … for now.