Browns Rookie QB DeShone Kizer Boosts Chance to Start Week 1

By Teddy Cecilio, Posted: 06/06/17 05:43AM EDT
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While Brock Osweiler has the edge to grab the Cleveland Browns starting quarterback spot due to his experience, there is a chance that rookie signal-caller DeShone Kizer may steal the job and start Week 1.

According to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, Kizer can give Osweiler and Cody Kessler a run for their money in the open competition that coach Hue Jackson started.

"He's coming up the learning curve quickly and has all of the physical skills Jackson likes in a quarterback, including size, mobility, and arm strength," Cabot said of Kizer, the Browns' 52nd overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Kizer still has a long way to go in learning the Browns' pro playbook and reading defenses but Cabot said he could be ready by opening day with the pace he's going.

Cabot's assessment might make the Browns' quarterback competition more interesting and Jackson a hard time in deciding who will start on Week 1.

Earlier, the Browns decided to give Kizer enough time to sharpen his skills and consistency so he will be ready when his time to start comes, per NFL.com.

"He's a young man, he's gonna have a long time that he's here with us and in this league," said Browns general manager Sashi Brown.

In addition, Jackson announced that Kessler will start during their organized team activity (OTAs), adding that the quarterback earned that right after starting eight games last season

However, Jackson said he was surprised by Osweiler's performance during training camp.

"He's done a good job," Jackson said of Osweiler, per ESPN.com. "He works hard at it every day. He's into it. I think he really enjoys being here."

One year after signing him to a four-year, $72 million deal, the Houston Texans traded Osweiler to the Browns for a 2017 fourth-round pick and $16 million in cash.

The Browns earlier planned to trade or release Osweiler but now having second thoughts after his performance at OTAs. 



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