DeShone Kizer on game-winning TD & more quotes from Browns preseason win


After completing 11 of 18 passes for 184 yards and a touchdown with a rating of 114.1 in the second half of Thursday night's 20-14 win over the Saints in the preseason opener, everyone is talking about whether or not Jackson will move the rookie up the depth chart. Kizer could get more time against the Giants' starters, or he could move up to second team to see better quality defenders to help assess where he is.

But while the 21-year-old may appear ready to take over Cleveland's offense, Jackson isn't prepared to hand him the reins. As I said, this was one week... There's a process to all of this. "I think we're just in the beginning phases of it" for Kizer, who has a long way to go before anybody should feel comfortable giving him the keys to a franchise. You want to do what's best for your team and for your players, not just because people see a bomb that's thrown down the field for 45 yards. Preseason is also the only time many players will take the field before the rosters are trimmed to National Football League specifications, so the show is a mixed bag of guys battling for spots and talent recognition. "We're not there yet".

Jackson said he was pleased that Kizer made plays with his arm and legs, and that he "stood in the pocket with poise". "I'm not in a position to really say where I am because I don't want to lead you guys into thinking I'm thinking one thing when maybe I'm thinking another". I think he will be the first to tell you that. Ideally, that opportunity would come in the Browns' third preseason game - which typically doubles as a "dress rehearsal" - but this is where the timing of Cleveland's current predicament gets complicated.

Whatever Jackson decides to do, it'll have little bearing on the long-term picture. Coley recorded four tackles and a strip-sack of Grayson that set up a Browns touchdown.

"It is the making of the quarterback", he said. It's the raising of a quarterback.

"That takes time. I don't think you do things out of a knee-jerk reaction", he said. You don't make decisions to make them.

"You want to do what's best for your team and for your players".

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The Browns open the regular season on September 10 against Pittsburgh and will play at Baltimore, at Indianapolis and host Cincinnati the next three weeks.

It wasn't all good for the No. 52 pick out of Notre Dame.

Part of what Jackson is examining is how to handle this practice time, which could provide an excellent opportunity for Kizer to get more reps with the first team against the first team.

"Everybody's asking that question about quarterback and where we are", Jackson said Friday afternoon on a conference call. "When it's the right time to make the decision that we feel is right to say, 'This is the quarterback of the Cleveland Browns for 2017, ' then we'll make that decision".

So while so many from different corners are seemingly crowding around Browns Head Coach Hue Jackson and scratching their heads as to why they haven't named Kizer the starter yet, I applaud him for exhibiting an ounce of patience.

And don't try to rush him. "Some things he needs to work through and continue to get better at".

I go back to work tomorrow, look at all the tape and then make a decision about where we are.