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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
Contract: view contract details

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Coach Hue Jackson said the Browns knew about DeShone Kizer's migraine history when the team drafted him.
Jackson said he knew something was wrong on Sunday when Kizer forgot to signal the motion on a play. Kizer said his head was "pounding." Jackson also assured the team isn't worried long-term, and that Kizer's headaches are "sporadic," sometimes going 6-7 months without occurring. Kizer will be under center for Week 3 against the Colts. Sep 18 - 2:53 PM

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DeShone Kizer completed 15-of-31 passes for 182 yards and three interceptions in the Browns' Week 2 loss to the Ravens.

He also rushed five times for 26 yards and lost a fumble. Kizer missed nearly two quarters due to a migraine and had to be checked for a concussion, but was cleared and returned in the second half. Kizer flashes dominant arm strength and command of the pocket, but he is still very rough around the edges and turnover prone. He's a quarterback to stream fantasy defenses against, although the Colts may be an exception in Week 3.
Sep 17 - 6:46 PM

DeShone Kizer returned to Sunday's game in the third quarter after missing nearly two quarters with a migraine.

Kevin Hogan is back on the bench. Kizer didn't come out for the beginning of the second half, but he received clearance later in the third quarter.
Sep 17 - 3:17 PM

DeShone Kizer left Sunday's Week 2 game against the Ravens with a migraine and is questionable to return.

Kevin Hogan is in at quarterback. The Browns did very little on their first four drives with Kizer under center, committing two turnovers and otherwise punting. Cody Kessler is inactive today as the Browns' third-string QB. Before exiting, Kizer completed 6-of-11 throws for 81 yards and an interception.
Sep 17 - 2:01 PM

Browns coach Hue Jackson said rookie QB DeShone Kizer "gives us hope."

"When I looked up, the game was 21-10, and here we are in the fourth quarter with a chance to win the game late in the game, and that’s because of some plays he made," Jackson said. "So that’s exciting for me. I think it’s exciting for our organization." Lost in the quarterback wilderness for so long, the Browns should be excited after a promising debut from their young quarterback. That said, he will face an incredibly tough test this week in Baltimore.
Sep 12 - 10:52 AM

DeShone Kizer completed 20-of-30 passes for 222 yards with one touchdown and one interception in Sunday’s game versus the Steelers.

Kizer also added 17 yards and a touchdown on five carries rushing. After being sacked seven times and throwing a poor interception two drives prior, Kizer led the Browns on a 73-yard drive that put Cleveland within one score late in the fourth quarter. He had ups and downs under constant pressure, but delivered a strong fantasy line in his opening game in the NFL. Kizer’s mobility and willingness to take shots down the field will put him in the mix as a weekly streaming option and a starter in 2QB leagues.
Sep 10 - 4:21 PM

Browns coach Hue Jackson says he'll give DeShone Kizer a long leash as starting quarterback.

"I think this guy has the right stuff and if I'm worth my salt as a coach, I'll get it out of him," a fawning Jackson said Monday. Jackson said he has no hesitation about the decision, and that it wasn't made out of fear. Kizer showed plenty of flashes in the preseason, but didn't exactly look like a finished product. He's going to be a rollercoaster, both in fantasy and on the real-life gridiron.
Aug 28 - 3:28 PM

Browns coach Hue Jackson confirmed Sunday that DeShone Kizer will start at quarterback in Week 1 against Pittsburgh.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer already reported Kizer starting was a "done deal," so all Jackson had to do was confirm the routine report wasn't fake news. The Plain Dealer has been all over Kizer's ascension from the start. Jackson said Kizer will not have a short leash, and the Browns are committed to giving him a long-term look. Look for Brock Osweiler to be released, and Cody Kessler to operate as the Browns' No. 2 quarterback this season.
Aug 27 - 3:52 PM

According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, it's a "done deal" that Browns second-round QB DeShone Kizer will start Week 1 against the Steelers.

Coach Hue Jackson stopped short of officially anointing Kizer in his post-game remarks, but it's pretty evident which way he's leaning. "I feel comfortable with him," said Jackson of Kizer. "He has the right feel for me and for what I'm looking for." Kizer wasn't great in Saturday's win over Tampa Bay, completing just 6-of-18 passes for 93 yards and an interception. But he's been Cleveland's best quarterback throughout the summer and deserves to lead the rebuilding Browns in 2017. Cabot also hinted that Jackson could make a surprise move by promoting Kevin Hogan to No. 2 on Cleveland's QB depth chart.
Aug 27 - 8:46 AM

DeShone Kizer completed 6-of-18 passes for 93 yards with an interception in Saturday’s preseason game.

Kizer was better than his overall stat line suggests as he suffered multiple drops, but the ebb and flow of his inexperience cropped up several times on late throws and balls into traffic. On the positive end, he played better in the pocket, showed his arm strength off frequently and completed 5-of-8 passes on third down. Kizer is now 25-of-49 passing (51 percent) through the preseason with a touchdown and an interception. We wouldn’t be surprised if Kizer plays a similar amount of time in the preseason finale as Cleveland continues to prepare him to take over the reins. If Kizer does start Week 1 as expected, mixed results should be expected as he will be the third-youngest quarterback to start on opening day since 2000.
Aug 26 - 10:19 PM

Coach Hue Jackson named DeShone Kizer the starter for the Browns' third preseason game.

The third preseason game is the dress rehearsal for Week 1, so it's Kizer's job to lose. "He has made a lot of progress by investing the time necessary to learn our offense, working hard to improve on his fundamentals while also effectively moving the offense in preseason games," Jackson said. "This is the next step he needs to take and he deserves this opportunity. He is certainly positioning himself well to earn the starting job heading into the regular season." Through two preseason games, Kizer is 19-of-31 passing for 258 yards and a touchdown, adding 47 yards and a touchdown as a rusher. Brock Osweiler started the previous two exhibitions, but threw an interception and no touchdowns.
Aug 23 - 8:50 AM

DeShone Kizer completed 8-of-13 passes for 74 yards in the Browns' second preseason game Monday night.

Most of his damage was done with his legs, as Kizer rushed five times for 35 yards and a touchdown that came from one yard out on a sneak. While he did lead two scoring drives in four possessions, Kizer wasn't all that impressive in this one. He held onto the ball too long at times, taking two sacks, and should have thrown a brutal interception on a third down in his own territory but the play was called back on a penalty. Brock Osweiler started and threw a pick on his two possessions of work. The quarterback spot remains a concern for Cleveland. Kizer probably isn't ready, but Osweiler is a known commodity who simply isn't good.
Aug 21 - 10:11 PM

Browns second-round QB DeShone Kizer worked almost exclusively out of the shotgun in the team's preseason opener against the Saints.

Kizer worked out of the gun on around 95 percent of his snaps at Notre Dame and has seen similar usage since arriving in Cleveland. "To be in the shotgun is definitely back to where I’ve always been, and that’s being able to see the defense from five yards further back," he said. It's where he's most comfortable.
Aug 20 - 8:57 AM

Browns QB coach David Lee said second-round QB DeShone Kizer has improved but is not yet ready to start.

"He’s a lot better than he was in the spring, but he’s still not there," Lee said. "I’m looking forward to watching his progression in all these areas we’re talking about in these next two games, and we’ll see where he is then." Even if Kizer is not ready now, it does sound like the Browns are open to the possibility he will be when the season opens in four weeks. Brock Osweiler started the first preseason game, but coach Hue Jackson will not decide on his starter for the second until Wednesday or Thursday.
Aug 14 - 9:58 AM

Coach Hue Jackson said "it's way too early to talk about" making second-rounder DeShone Kizer the starter after his impressive preseason opener.

Kizer and fellow rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky were the stars of Thursday night's opening slate of preseason games. Kizer led a comeback win in the fourth quarter and launched a couple deep balls -- a 45-yard touchdown and 52-yarder down to the one-yard line -- while showing his ability to avoid the blitz and create in the pocket. But it's important to remember it came against third-stringers. Brock Osweiler started and was 6-of-14 for 42 yards and three three-and-outs. He isn't long for the starting job. Kizer is much more the future in Cleveland.
Aug 11 - 9:34 AM

Depth Charts

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QB1DeShone Kizer
2Kevin Hogan
3Cody Kessler
RB1Isaiah Crowell
2Matt Dayes
GLB1Isaiah Crowell
2Matt Dayes
3RB1Isaiah Crowell
2Matt Dayes
FB1Dan Vitale
WR11Corey Coleman
2Kenny Britt
3Ricardo Louis
4Sammie Coates
5Jordan Leslie
WR21Rashard Higgins
2Duke Johnson
3Reggie Davis
WR31Kenny Britt
TE1David Njoku
2Seth DeValve
3Randall Telfer
LT1Joe Thomas
LG1Joel Bitonio
2Marcus Martin
C1J.C. Tretter
RG1Kevin Zeitler
2Spencer Drango
RT1Shon Coleman
2Zach Banner
K1Zane Gonzalez