The stats don’t indicate a particularly strong outing by Cleveland Browns’ rookie signal caller DeShone Kizer, but his effort has made an impact on head coach Hue Jackson.

“I thought he did some good things,” Jackson said (h/t ESPN’s Pat McManamon).

“I know the numbers weren’t what I would like, or he would like. But I thought he moved the team, made some plays. I think our surrounding cast has to continue to help him.”

Making his first start, Kizer suffered a turnover and poor field position along with a dropped pass from Kenny Britt that haulted a potential touchdown drive.

Still, Kizer showed his mettle against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting defense with Jackson saying that Kizer “handled things really well” and “managed the team well.”

“Until I go see this on tape, you can take this in two ways,” Kizer said.

“You see 6 of whatever the stats were, and you can call it a bad game. But if you go out there and watch what we were able to do as far as developing drives, we know that if we build on that by the time Week 1 comes on we’ll have a good offense ready to go out and compete and support the great defense that we have right now.”

And as far as the Browns’ quarterback competition is faring.

“I’m really close,” Jackson said.

“He has the right feel for me and for what I’m looking for, but I’ll go back and watch the tape.”

“He did not fall flat on his face; he didn’t,” Jackson said. “As a matter of fact, he did some better things than I thought he would, to be honest with you.”