BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – DeShone Kizer has a few things he’d like to accomplish over the final 3 games, including winning a game.
Worrying about auditioning for new general manager John Dorsey apparently is not one of them.
“It is not necessarily trying to make an impression at this point. It is about trying to get better,” Kizer said. “I know that with my potential and with my understanding of this offense that I am becoming very comfortable and my ability to push the ball down the field, the only person stopping me from being one of the better quarterbacks in this league is myself.
“Mr. Dorsey seems to be an awesome guy who has a lot of football knowledge. He has had a lot of success in the past. I am looking forward to working with him and just proving every day exactly who I am.”
Kizer is ranked dead last in completion percentage (53.9 percent), interceptions (17) and rating (61.2) and he’s tied for 29th in touchdowns (9) out of 35 qualifying starting quarterbacks in the league this season.
“I have questions, but I also have a lot of answers,” head coach Hue Jackson said. “The grade is incomplete until the season’s over.”
As of this week the Browns currently own the Nos. 1 and 5 slots in the 2018 draft and picking a quarterback seems highly likely next April, which Kizer seems fully prepared for.
“I just understand that in this league if you look at every off season, you are always going to bring in a new guy, a new face just to see. Whether it be a practice squad guy, a guy going through training camp or whether you go pay a big vet or draft a guy, there is going to be a new face,” Kizer said. “That is just the reality of the fact. I am just making sure that the front office here and the coaching staff here know exactly who I am every time I step out there and continue to see the developments I have been able to make. Hopefully, I can turn that into some wins for us.”
Winter Wonderland – Jackson had the Browns practice outside Wednesday in the wintry conditions that included heavy snow and wind.
“It was outstanding,” Jackson, who thanked the grounds crew for their efforts in clearing and heating one of the 3 practice fields so they could work outside, said. “We had a really good practice. The guys didn’t flinch. I have been around teams that ‘Well, why do we have to be out here?’ Our guys have worked all year extremely hard and more so even today. I think the elements at some point in time will be to our advantage if we do it right.”
Last Friday, Jackson lamented that he had to move the team’s walk-through indoors because the fields were too hard from the cold weather.
No Bye With Browns – The 7-6 Ravens are in a must-win situation if they want to make the playoffs as they come to Cleveland Sunday, but don’t look for them to take the 0-13 Browns lightly.
“They have played well enough to win plenty of games this year. All you have to do is watch the tape to understand that,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said via conference call Wednesday. “They are very well coached, a very hard playing team with talent. We have enough at stake where I don’t think that particular term will apply.”
The Browns have lost twice this season in overtime and by 3 points 4 times after trying to overcome significant early deficits. The margins of their other 8 losses have ranged from a 9-24 points. The Browns have been outscored by 138 points and their average margin of defeat is 10.61.
“I think our guys understand what we need to accomplish,” Harbaugh said. “We are going to have our hands full with a very good football team, and that is how we are looking at it.”
Roster Moves – The Browns signed defensive end Lavar Edwards, offensive lineman Geoff Gray and receiver Matt Hazel Wednesday. Gray comes from the Jets’ practice squad and Hazel from the Colts’ practice squad.
Defensive lineman T.Y. McGill was waved Wednesday. Receiver Bryce Treggs and defensive lineman Tyrone Holmes were waived Tuesday from the active 53 and offensive lineman Korren Kirven from the practice squad.
Cleveland also added offensive linemen Laurence Gibson and Ian Silberman to their practice squad.
Back At It – Rookie safety Jabrill Peppers (knee) and defensive tackle Danny Shelton (chest/ribs) returned to practice Wednesday. Bother were inactive for Sunday’s 27-21 overtime loss to the Packers.
Injury Report – DNP: CB Jamar Taylor (unknown), CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun (knee); LIMITED: RT Shon Coleman (shoulder/thumb), WR Matt Hazel (hamstring), TE David Njoku (foot/wrist), S Jabrill Peppers (knee), DT Danny Shelton (chest/ribs), C JC Tretter (foot); FULL: LB Josh Keyes (wrist).