Daily Dawg Tags: Back in the saddle with DeShone Kizer
By Thomas Moore
The Cleveland Browns have once again turned to DeShone Kizer as the starting quarterback. How long that lasts remains to be seen, however.
Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson made the call on Wednesday to keep rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer in the starting role for Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings.
At least until Kizer turns the ball over again.
Kizer, who leads the league in interceptions with 11, hasn’t played a full game in almost a month as he struggles to adapt to life in the NFL. Of course, Kevin Hogan threw three interceptions when he took over for Kizer against the Houston Texans, and Cody Kessler threw one last week against the Tennessee Titans, but those must not fall into the same category.
While there is no telling how long Kizer will be in Sunday’s game, he is looking toward pulling off what should be the simple task of finishing a game that he starts, according to clevelandbrowns.com:
"“It is another opportunity to go out there and get it right for once. For me, it is about taking these opportunities that coach has been able to give me in a league where not a lot of guys get these and maximizing it for once. I feel like I am definitely getting better and I am on the path of evolving myself into a guy who can win in this league, but it is about eliminating obviously the turnovers and the plays that are stopping us from winning games and finally going out there and competing in a game. It has been a good three weeks since I have been able to go out there in the fourth quarter and attempt to win a game, and I am looking forward to having a complete game.”"
Kizer hasn’t been good this season, but Jackson has also not done his rookie any favors by pulling him in and out of the lineup. Kizer can talk about not worrying about being pulled for turning the ball over, but saying it is a lot easier than putting it into practice.
In another season where the Browns are looking for any bright spot they can find, having their starting quarterback make it through an entire game should be credited as a small victory.
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DeShone Kizer isn’t struggling because he went out at night (SB Nation)
"The Browns rookie got some heat for being out late last weekend. It was dumb. Retired NFL lineman Geoff Schwartz explains why."
Misery knows no borders for devoted Browns fans (ESPN)
"Supporting the perennially hapless Cleveland Browns clearly has to be a labor of true love. To stand by their men, who have recorded just one win in their past 26 games, including none so far in their dreadful 2017 campaign, takes a special kind of devotion, so it’s not without good reason that those die-hards who bleed orange and brown are often hailed for being as indomitable as their team is inept."
Martavis Bryant won’t play Sunday after social media outburst (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
"Mike Tomlin took a hard line with disgruntled receiver Martavis Bryant, telling him he will not play Sunday in Detroit as punishment for his recent social media use. Bryant, the Steelers’ No. 2 starting receiver after Antonio Brown, worked with the scout team Wednesday against the first-team defense."
Cam Newton ends press conference abruptly (Charlotte Observer)
"Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was involved in a media-related incident for the second week in a row on Wednesday, abruptly leaving his press conference after declining to answer a question about the Panthers’ recent lack of big plays."
Fixing the Bears passing game involves more than a trade (Chicago Sun-Times)
"Dontrelle Inman could be the receiver who brings balance to the Bears’ run-centric offense — or he could merely be another blocker for it. Opening up the Bears’ offense and having rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky throw more involves more than acquiring Inman from the Chargers for a conditional seventh-round pick on Wednesday."
Tramon Williams new role is as a starter (azcardinals.com)
"Tramon Williams wanted to play, because who wouldn’t? But he knew when he signed with the Cardinals early in training camp there might not be a lot of reps at cornerback, that Justin Bethel was going to get the chance to be the starter across from Patrick Peterson. Perhaps that wouldn’t have been his first thought when he was in the peak of his career a few years ago, but now, after the Packers let him walk away and after two rough years in Cleveland, perspective was easier to gain."