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Author: Jon Kuzma
With news coming out of Cleveland that DeShone Kizer has started splitting first team reps with starting quarterback Cody Kessler, it’s safe to say we have a position battle on our hands. Early in off-season work outs Browns Head Coach Hue Jackson said Kessler was indeed the starter but that was before a lot of drill work and practices took place. After getting a good look at Kizer it’s clear Jackson sees a very special talent in the first year player and those abilities could be everything Cleveland needs to turn around their franchise. With the Brown finishing 2016 with a 1-15 record, Jackson needs to win immediately to retain his job and Kizer could be just the playmaker to help him do so. DeShone Kizer is more athletic than Kessler and Brock Osweiler, Kizer also has a much better NFL frame for a quarterback than those other guys as well. The only area in which Kizer looses an edge is in the consistency part of things and on short / medium length throws. That’s a part of the game in which Cody Kessler handles particularly well and if Kizer can even get in the same ball park as Kessler when it comes to the short passing game, he will be the day 1 starter. There’s just too much upside with DeShone Kizer and the Browns want to unleash Corey Coleman who has shown remarkable promise early in his career. By pairing Coleman along with Kizer the Browns have a young nucleus that can compete, when you also factor in the new addition of David NJoku you can see how vastly improved this team is looking. Jackson can’t afford to play it safe with Kessler as much as he respects the guy for getting him through 2016. 2017 is a new season and the Browns should do everything they can to distance themselves from the 1-15 record they finished with a season ago. Jackson knows this more than anyone else in the Browns facility and DeShone Kizer is Hue Jackson’s best chance at saving his job. Expect a new sheriff in Cleveland when week 1 arrives, DeShone Kizer.
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