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DeShone Kizer | Quarterback | #7

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (21) / 1/3/1996
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 233
College: Notre Dame
Drafted: 2017 / Rd. 2 (52) / CLE
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Browns coach Hue Jackson said he will stick with DeShone Kizer as his starting quarterback the rest of the season.
Kizer had another turnover-filled game against the Jaguars on Sunday, but Jackson is not going to send him to the bench like he did several times earlier in the season. "Where we are right now, I need to continue to see him," Jackson said. "I want to walk away from this season knowing exactly what DeShone Kizer is top to bottom. He deserves that." As long as Kizer is under center, the opposing defensive unit will be a good fantasy option. That will be the Bengals this week. Nov 20 - 8:44 AM

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DeShone Kizer completed 16-of-32 passes for 179 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the Browns' 19-7, Week 11 loss to the Jaguars.

Kizer also lost two fumbles, the second of which the Jaguars housed for a game-sealing score. The first should have also been housed, but referee Pete Morelli's crew made an awful call, blowing the play dead. Kizer was truly, truly dreadful, air mailing passes — including both his interceptions — while showing close to zero pocket awareness. It's what he's done all season, but coach Hue Jackson said afterward he will stick with Kizer for Week 12. Be sure to tee up the Bengals' defense against the Browns.
Nov 19 - 4:37 PM

DeShone Kizer (ribs) wasn't listed on the Browns' final injury report for Week 11 against the Jaguars.

Kizer began the week limited at practice but advanced to full sessions on Thursday and Friday. Already a weekly threat to be benched, Kizer will be running into a buzz saw Sunday against a punishing Jags secondary.
Nov 17 - 2:30 PM

DeShone Kizer (ribs) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

Kizer suffered the injury in Sunday's loss to Detroit but only missed a handful of snaps. He should be ready to roll come Sunday. Kizer won't be on the fantasy radar this week in a difficult matchup with Jacksonville.
Nov 15 - 4:27 PM

DeShone Kizer completed 21-of-37 passes for 232 yards, a touchdown, and an interception in Week 10 against the Lions.

He added seven carries for 57 yards and a rushing touchdown. It was easily one of Kizer's best games, with the interception not coming until the last play. Kizer's passing TD was his first since Week 5. This was a needed breakout, but it wasn't enough to pull the upset. Kizer briefly left with a rib injury before returning on the final drive. He'll get a tougher matchup with Jacksonville in Week 11.
Nov 12 - 4:14 PM

DeShone Kizer left Week 10 against Detroit with a rib injury.

Kizer took a hard hit on a sack from Cornelius Washington in the third quarter. He walked off under his own power, and later returned.
Nov 12 - 3:31 PM

DeShone Kizer completed 18-of-34 passes for 179 yards, a rushing touchdown, and zero interceptions in the Browns' Week 8 loss to the Vikings in London.

Kizer was not asked to do much early, settling for check-downs and screens most of the first half, but he made a great throw to Ricardo Louis down the left sideline near the end of the second quarter, did a good job escaping pressure to find Isaiah Crowell for another long gain, and finished the drive with a quarterback-sneak touchdown. The game-plan did not work as well in the second half, especially after the Vikings got out in front and forced the rookie to stand in the pocket and make plays. Those plays were not forthcoming, and he ended up taking his only three sacks in the final quarter. Still, this has to be considered a step in the correct direction considering Kizer protected the ball and was actually allowed to finish the game, something which had not happened since Week 3. He will almost certainly be the starter when the Browns emerge from the bye against the Lions in Week 10.
Oct 29 - 12:41 PM

Coach Hue Jackson named rookie DeShone Kizer the Week 8 starter against the Vikings.

Kizer has been yanked from the game in each of his past two starts and was benched in Week 6 in favor of Kevin Hogan, who was a total disaster himself. The Browns have nowhere else to turn; Jackson isn't a fan of Cody Kessler because of his size and lack of arm strength, and Hogan proved he's not any better than Kizer. Kizer can't stop turning the ball over, especially in the scoring area. The Vikings are an elite streaming option despite being across the pond in London.
Oct 25 - 9:36 AM

Kizer completed 12-of-20 passes for 116 yards with two interceptions and was benched for Cody Kessler in the 3rd Quarter of Cleveland's Week 8 game versus the Titans.

The more things change, the more they stay the same. After sitting out last week, Kizer had a promising start, completing 6-of-6 passes on the opening drive of the game which led to a field goal, but then quickly fell apart afterwards. His first interception came towards the end of the first half at the Tennessee 28 on an overthrow. He then threw a pick on the opening drive of the second half in Cleveland territory, which ended his day. Head Coach Hue Jackson is basically grasping at straws at this point, but it's hard to envision Cleveland going back to Kizer in the immediate future.
Oct 22 - 4:18 PM

Coach Hue Jackson named DeShone Kizer the Browns' starting quarterback for Week 7 against the Titans.

There's some speculation the Browns benched Kizer in Week 6 at Houston to avoid a Kizer-Deshaun Watson matchup after the Browns passed on Watson, who is playing at an MVP level, in order to come back and take Kizer 40 picks later. Kevin Hogan was dreadful in his start, and Jackson is going back to the rookie Kizer. Kizer has far more upside as a thrower and runner, but he has to cut down on the turnovers and sacks taken for this Cleveland offense to get off the mat.
Oct 18 - 10:55 AM

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer expects the Browns to announce DeShone Kizer as their Week 7 starter against the Titans.

Kevin Hogan was a total disaster in his first career NFL start last week against the Texans, going 20-of-37 for 140 yards, one touchdown, and three picks. The Browns were again demolished 33-17, as Hogan was no upgrade on Kizer from Weeks 1-5. Cabot expects the Browns to now go back to the rookie Kizer and "ride with him as long as possible." The Browns are in serious trouble.
Oct 18 - 9:57 AM

Browns coach Hue Jackson thinks benching DeShone Kizer "will benefit" the young quarterback.

"If that is the decision that we make," Jackson said before clearly showing he has already made his decision. "I think it will benefit him tremendously because he would get a chance to get a breather and take a look at it from a different lens and not from that pressure." It is not official, but it certainly sounds like Kevin Hogan will get the start this week.
Oct 10 - 10:32 AM

Browns coach Hue Jackson is undecided on who will be the team's Week 6 starter at quarterback.

That's not good news for DeShone Kizer, as anything other than an unequivocal endorsement usually means the starter is getting benched. It's time for the Browns to give Kevin Hogan a look and let Kizer clear his head. The No. 52 overall pick leads the league in interceptions (nine) and turnovers (11). Kizer is averaging 5.35 yards per attempt, while Hogan has as many touchdown passes (three) in 121 fewer attempts.
Oct 9 - 2:36 PM

Browns' QB Deshone Kizer was pulled at halftime in favor Kevin Hogan after completing 8-of-17 passes for 87 yards and an interception in the opening half.

Kizer added 29 yards rushing on six carries, but also lost a fumble. With the lost fumble and interception, Kizer now leads the league with 11 turnovers though on the season. His league-leading ninth interception came on third down at the Jets' 4-yard line, which was apparently the straw that broke Hue Jackson's back. The drive was Cleveland's third of four possessions that ended in Jets' territory without points. There's no sign that his job is completely safe heading into next week's game at Houston.
Oct 8 - 2:55 PM

Browns coach Hue Jackson insists he still has "total confidence" in rookie QB DeShone Kizer.

"He's truly gotten better over the last four weeks," Jackson said with a straight face Monday. "We have to support him every way we can." Jackson claimed Sunday, where Kizer completed 16-of-34 passes for 118 scoreless yards before being benched, was Kizer's best start of the season. Through four games, Kizer has been woefully inaccurate and seemed to lack an internal clock. It could get worse before it gets better.
Oct 2 - 2:44 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1DeShone Kizer
2Kevin Hogan
3Cody Kessler
RB1Isaiah Crowell
2Duke Johnson
3Matt Dayes
GLB1Isaiah Crowell
2Duke Johnson
3RB1Duke Johnson
2Isaiah Crowell
FB1Dan Vitale
WR11Corey Coleman
2Kenny Britt
3Ricardo Louis
4Sammie Coates
WR21Rashard Higgins
2Bryce Treggs
3Reggie Davis
WR31Kenny Britt
TE1David Njoku
2Seth DeValve
3Randall Telfer
4Matt Lengel
LT1Spencer Drango
2Zach Banner
LG1Joel Bitonio
2Marcus Martin
C1J.C. Tretter
2Austin Reiter
RG1Kevin Zeitler
RT1Shon Coleman
K1Zane Gonzalez