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QB Kevin Hogan - Cleveland Browns

6-3, 218Born: 10-20-1992College: StanfordDrafted: ---

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Week 12: at Cincinnati Bengals

All QB vs CIN

FBG says: Bad matchup. There really isn't any way to say it other than DeShone Kizer is an absolute mess. The Browns passing game with a combination of DeShone Kizer and Cody Kessler over the last three weeks have been sacked 12 times, thrown three interceptions, and fumbled the ball three times of which they lost two of those. The good news for the Browns is that they got Corey Coleman back this past week and appear to be utilizing him heavily as he had 11 targets this past week and is the lone receiver on this Browns team that has above replacement level talent. The Bengals secondary has been one of the best defenses against the pass in the league as they are only averaging 200.6 yards per game which is the sixth best in football. Over the last four weeks, however, they are 15th in fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks and have faced Brock Osweiler, Marcus Mariota, and Blake Bortles, so while this is a good unit, it is not an elite unit as they are decimated with injuries. The Bengals are without one of their best corners Adam Jones as he is still dealing with a concussion and appears unlikely to play this week. The good news for the Bengals is that their pass rush should have a field day against this Browns passing game as the Bengals are fourth in the NFL in terms of sacks and the Browns are fourth in sacks allowed this season.

Recent Stats and Projections

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Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 6 vs HOU (20 / 37 / 140 / 1 / 3 pass, 5 / 36 / 0 rush)

Hogan's first drive started off well as he moved the ball well down the field, showed nice mobility in picking up yardage on the ground, and alertly avoided a sack by dumping a ball off to Duke Johnson right before the defender took him down. That possession stalled out and ended in a punt, even though it was Hogan's best series of the day. From that point, Hogan started to struggle badly with his accuracy. He overthrew countless receivers downfield and floated several deeper passes, which allowed defenders to get in position to make plays. Hogan's first interception resulted in a pick-six for the defense after he threw too high for Duke Johnson to make the grab. He came back and threw another pick on the ensuing possession, this time floating a pass in Johnson's direction, which allowed the linebacker in coverage, rookie Dylan Cole, to intercept the pass. Hogan's play continued to deteriorate in the third quarter. He drew an intentional grounding penalty in his own end zone, resulting in a safety for the Texans. It was a poor decision by Hogan, who had plenty of time to get rid of the ball. Hogan's only passing touchdown came in garbage time on a three-yard reception to Seth DeValve on Cleveland's final offensive play. He had thrown way too high for David Njoku on the same route on the play before, resulting in an incompletion. Given how Hogan played, it's hard to imagine him starting again in Week 7 but the Browns have not given any indication of what they plan to do.

2017 Week 5 vs NYJ (16 / 19 / 194 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / 30 / 0 rush)

Hogan took over for starter DeShone Kizer after halftime after the rookie struggled against the Jets. The difference between Hogan and Kizer was instantly apparent. Hogan made quick decisions and got the ball out quickly, something Kizer has not done in his rookie season. Hogan doesn't have the arm that Kizer possesses but he's just as dangerous with his legs. His first touchdown came on an impressive throw and an even more impressive catch by tight end David Njoku. Hogan put the ball where only a diving Njoku could make the grab. Hogan's interception came on a misfire to Ricardo Louis. He threw the ball too high to Louis and it landed in the hands of the defender for the pick. Hogan's second touchdown came on the Browns' final offensive play of the game on a 41-yard catch-and-run by Duke Johnson. While Hogan gets credit for the 41-yard touchdown pass, Johnson did all of the heavy lifting on the play, making the catch around the line of scrimmage and weaving his way through New York's defense to score. Hogan has a real shot to start in Week 6, but the Browns haven't tipped their hand just yet.

2017 Week 2 vs BAL (5 / 11 / 118 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)

Hogan came in to relieve starter DeShone Kizer after Kizer came down with a migraine in the second quarter. Hogan led the Browns to their only touchdown on the afternoon, eluding the Baltimore pass rush and throwing a fantastic pass to tight end David Njoku in the end zone. He seemed to zero in on second-year wide out Rashard Higgins, which makes sense because they played together as reserves in the preseason and in 2016. On the first drive in the third quarter, Hogan took an end zone shot to Corey Coleman but he overthrew a closely-covered Coleman by a few yards. Hogan gave way to Kizer with 8:19 remaining in the third quarter after Kizer's migraine cleared up enough that he was able to return to the game.


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