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QB DeShone Kizer - Cleveland Browns

6-4, 233Born: 1-3-1996College: Notre DameDrafted: Round 2

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General News (Mon Nov 20): will remain the team's starter in Week 11 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, head coach Hue Jackson confirmed Sunday, Nov. 19.Further, Kizer will start for the rest of the season, according to Jackson.

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

8 vs MIN 59 18 34 179 0 0 5 18 1 0 16.75
10 at DET 74 21 37 232 1 1 7 57 1 0 26.3
11 vs JAX 55 16 32 179 1 2 5 22 0 2 10.15
12 at CIN PROJ-Dodds * 19 34 * * * 7 * * * *
12 at CIN PROJ-Tremblay * 22 38 * * * 6 * * * *
12 at CIN PROJ-Bloom * 18 31 * * * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 11 vs JAX (16 / 32 / 179 / 1 / 2 pass, 5 / 22 / 0 rush)

Kizer took a huge step backward after he played one of his best games of the season in the previous week against the Detroit Lions. He fumbled three times, losing two of them. The final fumble resulted in a defensive touchdown for the Jaguars which put what was a one-score game out of reach. In what has been an ongoing issue this season, Kizer struggled with his accuracy. When he was on point with his passes, his receiving corps did him no favors by dropping several catchable balls. Kizer's lone touchdown came on a pretty throw down the middle of the field to Duke Johnson. He showed excellent touch in hitting Johnson in stride near the goal line for a 27-yard score. His first interception came in the first quarter when he locked onto Corey Coleman. Telvin Smith read his eyes and easily picked the low pass. Kizer's second interception came in the fourth quarter when a throw sailed on him. A.J. Bouye was there to make the interception. The play was reviewed and it appeared the ball may have hit the ground as Bouye fell but the interception call was upheld. Things fell apart quickly in the fourth quarter as Kizer had two consecutive possessions end with him losing a fumble on a strip sack. The second fumble lost resulted in a defensive touchdown for the Jacksonville defense.

2017 Week 10 vs DET (21 / 37 / 232 / 1 / 1 pass, 7 / 57 / 1 rush)

Kizer played one of his better games of the season against Detroit. He came out of the bye week making quicker decisions and getting the ball out quicker. He also did an excellent job running the ball as his ability to scramble helped keep the Detroit front seven at bay. His first pass of the game was a deep strike to Sammie Coates down the left sideline for a 38-yard gain. Kizer then connected with Kenny Britt for an 18-yard touchdown pass on the second drive of the first quarter, Kizer's first touchdown pass since Week 3. He left several other scoring chances on the field, however, as he missed tight end David Njoku on at least two fade routes in the end zone during the course of the game. Kizer also committed a rookie mistake at the end of the first half. With the Browns on Detroit's two-yard line, 15 seconds on the clock, and no timeouts left, Kizer audibled to a quarterback keeper. He didn't score and time expired before the Browns could get off another play. Kizer bounced back to lead the Browns on two scoring drives in the third quarter, including one where he punched in a one-yard touchdown on the ground. He took a big hit at the end of the third quarter and was replaced by Cody Kessler for most of the fourth quarter. He did return for his offense's final drive and led the team down the field before throwing an interception in the end zone. He had Ricardo Louis for a touchdown had he thrown a back shoulder pass but his accuracy failed him, resulting in the pick. Kessler's inability to do anything while Kizer was sidelined should further cement Kizer as the team's starter for the remainder of the season, health permitting.

2017 Week 8 vs MIN (18 / 34 / 179 / 0 / 0 pass, 5 / 18 / 1 rush)

From the outset it was clear the Browns planned to focus on throwing short, quick passes in attempts to limit Kizer's mistakes. Kizer's first four passes were all short (one was later changed to a lateral), which set him up to take a deep shot to a wide open David Njoku, which he overthrew. The game plan mostly worked, especially early on, as Kizer was able to avoid committing a turnover in the game. His accuracy still wasn't great but, like usual, he wasn't helped by his receivers, who committed multiple drops. Kizer was at his best on the team's touchdown drive in the second quarter. He tossed a great back shoulder pass to Ricardo Louis in the drive which went for 37 yards. He followed that up by showing great awareness to step up in the pocket and flip a shovel pass to Isaiah Crowell, which went for 38 yards. He capped off that drive with a one-yard touchdown run on a QB keeper up the middle. In the third quarter, Kizer was helped out by tight end David Njoku. He targeted Njoku in the end zone but the defender stepped in front of the pass. Njoku played great defense on the play to prevent an interception.

2017 Week 7 vs TEN (12 / 20 / 114 / 0 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Kizer started off playing well. He showed quick decision-making on many of his passes and was getting the ball out much quicker than he had been before being benched during Week 5. He generally did a decent job moving the ball down the field and was playing well until his back-to-back interceptions at the end of the second quarter and beginning of the third quarter derailed him and landed him a spot on the bench. Before the interceptions, Kizer showed marginally better accuracy throughout the game, hitting receivers on the run on designed bootlegs and throwing away balls before taking sacks. He had a nice 13-yard scramble in the first quarter nullified by an illegal use of hands to the face penalty. He could have had a first quarter touchdown pass but he overthrew David Njoku in the end zone. Kizer's first interception came on a poor throw at the end of the second quarter. He badly missed an open Rashard Higgins, throwing way too high for Higgins to make the catch. The ball landed right in the defender's hands. Making matters worse, the Browns were on Tennessee's 28-yard line on the pick. Kizer's second interception wasn't much better as he locked in on receiver Bryce Treggs, allowing the defender to read his eyes and jump the route. That was Kizer's final play as he was benched for Cleveland's second offensive series of the third quarter.

2017 Week 5 vs NYJ (8 / 17 / 87 / 0 / 1 pass, 6 / 29 / 0 rush)

Kizer struggled again in Week 5, committing two red zone turnovers and getting benched at halftime. Watching backup Kevin Hogan make quick decisions and get the ball out quickly really emphasized how much Kizer has struggled in those areas. While the rookie signal caller has a big arm he has struggled to make quick decisions and often holds the ball too long. He did make a few impressive throws against the Jets but too often missed his targets. In the first quarter, he most likely would have had a touchdown pass to Isaiah Crowell on a short route but he waited too long to throw the pass and then threw the ball too high. Crowell couldn't make the grab and the defense would have been able to stop him before he reached the goal line even if he did. Kizer's two turnovers were back breakers. He appeared to panic on a designed QB keeper near the goal line and threw a poor pitch to Isaiah Crowell which resulted in a lost fumble. Later, Kizer came back and threw an interception from New York's four-yard line. The defender simply jumped the route on a target that was intended for Seth DeValve. He was benched at halftime in favor of Hogan.

2017 Week 4 vs CIN (16 / 34 / 118 / 0 / 1 pass, 5 / 10 / 0 rush)

Kizer continues to struggle with his accuracy. The rookie quarterback missed several throws that could have led to big gains in the game. On the few occasions he was on target, his receivers struggled to hold onto the ball. He did have a chance to complete a deep shot to Kenny Britt in the second quarter but Britt was held on the play, resulting in a pass interference call for the offense. He bounced back to make a great pass down the middle to Britt on third-and-long to convert a first down. Kizer's interception came in the red zone but it is hard to pin the blame on him. He put the ball right in Kenny Britt's hands, but Britt allowed the pass to bounce off of his hands and into the defender's around the Cincinnati seven-yard line. Kizer later threw another interception, but it was nullified by a dubious roughing the passer call against Vontaze Burfict which got him off the hook. Kizer was pulled from the game with 6:30 left in the fourth quarter, giving way to backup Kevin Hogan. Head coach Hue Jackson told reporters he removed Kizer from the game to protect him and that Kizer remains the team's starting quarterback.

2017 Week 3 vs IND (22 / 47 / 242 / 2 / 3 pass, 7 / 44 / 1 rush)

Kizer had an uneven performance against the Colts in Week 3. He made several fine passes but also struggled with his accuracy, overthrowing several open receivers. The rookie also threw three interceptions and could have had a few more had the Colts defenders been able to secure the catch. While Kizer's final stat line doesn't look pretty, he wasn't done any favors by his pass catchers. The Browns receivers dropped about eight catchable balls which consistently stalled drives and killed momentum. Kizer compounded these issues by overthrowing several open receivers for what should have been easy completions. The arm talent is definitely there for Kizer, but he is going to need to work on his accuracy issues. Kizer did a good bit of damage with his legs, rushing for a touchdown on a one-yard quarterback keeper. He actually should have scored on the previous play but he was carrying the ball in the wrong hand as he crossed out of bounds right near the pylon. Had he been holding the ball in his left hand he could have broken the plane of the end zone before stepping out. Kizer threw three interceptions, one of which was a back breaker in the Colts' red zone during the third quarter. He targeted Kasen Williams near the five-yard line but it appeared the two had a miscommunication as Williams turned toward the middle of the field and Kizer threw the ball toward the sideline, into the waiting arms of the defender. Kizer's last interception came on a Hail Mary on the final play of the game.

2017 Week 2 vs BAL (15 / 31 / 182 / 0 / 3 pass, 5 / 26 / 0 rush)

Kizer didn't play well against a fearsome Baltimore defense in this game. The rookie quarterback threw three interceptions and lost a fumble on a strip sack. He left the game with a migraine following the team's first drive in the second quarter, but later returned with 8:19 remaining in the third quarter. He made several typical rookie mistakes, failing to get the snap off in time twice for delay of game penalties, holding onto the ball too long at times, and forcing throws in the middle of the field. Kizer's first interception of the game wasn't his fault as his pass went off of a wide open Duke Johnson's hands and into the defender's for the pick. He did get a red zone running play called for him on first-and-goal at Baltimore's three yard line but he lost four yards on the play.

2017 Week 1 vs PIT (20 / 30 / 222 / 1 / 1 pass, 5 / 17 / 1 rush)

Kizer did some good things against a tough Steelers pass rush on Sunday. He also made some rookie mistakes, as would be expected. He once again showed the arm talent that made him one of the top collegiate quarterbacks in last year's draft class before he went back to school. Kizer threw several off-balance strikes to his receivers and also had a great back-shoulder completion to Corey Coleman. He did overthrow a few receivers who were open, including Duke Johnson, who had Joe Haden beat and may have scored a touchdown had the pass been on target. Kizer's main issue is that he continues to hold onto the ball too long. He took seven sacks on Sunday, mostly on plays where he was moving around in the pocket and not getting the ball out quick enough. He did come close to completing a touchdown pass to David Njoku in the first quarter, but Njoku was held and drew a pass interference flag around the Pittsburgh two-yard line. Kizer showed the ability to make plays with his legs, running a quarterback sneak for the Browns' first touchdown of the game.


Latest News

Browns | DeShone Kizer will start the rest of season (Mon Nov 20, 08:55 AM) - Cleveland Browns QB DeShone Kizer will start for the rest of the season, according to head coach Hue Jackson.

Our View: The Browns want to evaluate Kizer to see if he can develop his game as the season goes on and he gets more experience. With WR Corey Coleman back in action, the Browns passing game has a chance to do more. Kizer threw two interceptions on Sunday, and the rookie has 14 picks on the season. The Browns will likely have the no.1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft and could be targeting a top QB (Josh Rosen, Lamar Jackson) with that pick.
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Browns | DeShone Kizer to start in Week 12 (Sun Nov 19, 05:04 PM) - Cleveland Browns QB DeShone Kizer will remain the team's starter in Week 11 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, head coach Hue Jackson confirmed Sunday, Nov. 19.

Our View: Kizer was a turnover machine again, but against Jacksonville that doesn't exactly put him in an exclusive club. Cincinnati will be in our streaming defense conversation next week.
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Browns | DeShone Kizer set for Week 11 (Fri Nov 17, 05:56 PM) - Cleveland Browns QB DeShone Kizer (ribs) practiced in full Friday, Nov. 17, and he is off the injury report for Week 11 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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Browns | Cleveland's injury report for Week 11 (Fri Nov 17, 02:22 PM) - Cleveland Browns OL JC Tretter (shoulder, knee, quad) participated fully in practice Friday, Nov. 17, and is listed as questionable for Week 11 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. OL Shon Coleman (concussion), DB Jamar Taylor (ankle) were limited in practice Friday and are also listed as questionable. RB Isaiah Crowell (shoulder), RB Duke Johnson (shoulder), QB DeShone Kizer (ribs), DL Larry Ogunjobi (groin) and TE Randall Telfer (knee, eye) each logged a full practice Friday and no longer appear on the injury report. WR Kenny Britt (knee) was limited in practice Friday and has also been removed from the injury report.

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Browns | DeShone Kizer practices Thursday (Thu Nov 16, 05:37 PM) - Cleveland Browns QB DeShone Kizer (ribs) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 16.

Our View: It really doesn't matter who is under center here. Kizer or no, a Cleveland quarterback is not someone you want in your lineup.
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