Browns’ DeShone Kizer Puts In Strong Performance, Forces Team’s Hand

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The Cleveland Browns may have a quarterback debate on their hands, even if they didn’t necessarily want one at this time.

Brock Osweiler and Cody Kessler did little to impress during the Brown’s 20-14 victory over the New Orleans Saints but rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer stood out.

While Kizer did look every bit a rookie at times during the game, he also flashed some very strong indicators that he may indeed be ready to be thrust into the conversation regarding who the starting quarterback should be.

Kizer tossed 184 yards on 11 for 14 passing including 1 touchdown and led a 45-yard winning touchdown drive, posting a 114.1 quarterback rating.

Cleveland should be feeling good about their rookies as both Myles Garrett and Jabrill Peppers put in strong performances as well.

But Kizer will be the talking point coming out of the preseason victory as his performance, coupled with the lack of exciting play from Cleveland’s other signal callers, should be enough to ignite the talk of a quarterback competition that includes Kizer.

“You let it go and you know you just put it right in the right spot, so that was a really cool experience there,” Kizer said after the game.

Browns’ coach Hue Jackson said it’s too early to gauge any quarterback competition.

“It’s way too early,” Jackson said.