Browns Won’t Rush DeShone Kizer To Start, Sticking To Their Developmental Plan
BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – Joe Thomas raised a few eyebrows this week when he said that rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer isn’t ready to start for the Browns.
At least outside of 76 Lou Groza Boulevard.
But Head coach Hue Jackson has a plan for Kizer. He’s had it from the moment they sent in the card to pick him 52nd overall in the draft and Jackson refuses to deviate from it regardless of internal or external pressure to do so.
“It is the raising of a quarterback,” Jackson said. “I don’t think you do things too soon. I think he has to earn the right if he can, and if he can’t, that’s OK. We are just going to keep pushing him and putting him in the right environment to keep getting him where he needs to be.
“He is talented – we all know that – it is how fast can he grasp all of this and handle it and be able to perform at a high level.”
After Kizer’s preseason debut that saw him complete passes of 52 and 45 yards and account for 2 touchdown drives in 5 offensive series in the second half, the bandwagon to have him start Sept. 10 filled up quickly.
“The more time I have, the better I will become,” Kizer said. “This, once again, is a process. I’m trying to just dive in, trust in it and understand that the coaches and the front office have a plan.”
Some players might be offended at a teammate saying they aren’t ready to play, but not Kizer.
“He has been in the NFL since I have been in seventh grade so whatever he says is probably pretty accurate,” Kizer said about Thomas’ comments. “Obviously, it is still the same message that I continue to push. The more time you have, the more comfortable you become, the more confident you are throwing the ball, and he is just seconding that statement.”
Kizer will get tested again Monday night against the New York Giants – this time as the No. 2 quarterback.
Jackson wants to get him on the field against better competition in the first half, meaning that Brock Osweiler, who will start, may not play 4 series like he did against the Saints so that Kizer can get as many reps in the first half as possible, giving Jackson a better barometer of where the rookie is.
“The biggest thing I took from that game was when I’m out there, I’m comfortable and I’m ripping it, I am very confident,” Kizer said. “When I first stepped in there and things are flying from all different angles, that confidence kind of takes a step back. I need to figure out how to get myself into a position that from the first snap that I step out there and the first rep that I take that I can be as comfortable and as confident as I possibly can be.
“That is only going to come from reps and going out there and getting the experience that some of these other guys already have.”