The Cleveland Browns have struggled mightily to find a decent quarterback, and they're hopeful DeShone Kizer may play that part to succession.
The rookie showed poise in his first ever NFL start, as the Browns hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Although Cleveland lost a close one, 21-18, it demonstrated the team may be ready to compete, at least a little bit.
In the first quarter, Kizer ran for a one-yard touchdown to tie it up at seven, and he seldom made a mistake throughout the contest. Despite an interception that would be equalized by his counterpart Ben Roethlisberger, the Browns stayed in the game and at one point, looked like they had a chance to win.
I’m impressed with Cleveland Browns rookie QB DeShone Kizer because he showed no fear in the pocket and handled Ste… https://t.co/X15R7pUwo7— Domonique Foxworth (@Foxworth24) September 12, 2017
Heading into the fourth quarter, Cleveland was down 21-10 and had the opportunity to make it a one possession game after taking the ball away. For a sure 18-yard completion in the making from Kizer to wide receiver Kenny Britt, the wideout had butterfingers as the ball slipped through his hands.
Kizer said that Britt didn't say anything to him after the play, and knows that Britt is a nine-year veteran who knows how to get right back into it. He had 68 catches with 1,002 yards and five touchdowns last season with the Los Angeles Rams, and will take advantage the next time he steps on the gridiron.
DeShone Kizer has faith in Kenny Britt: 'Everyone's going to forget the 1 he dropped' https://t.co/B8S4p3bvn0— BlueChipTalent (@MarvLBluechip) September 14, 2017
It was one drop that Britt committed, and many players have to adjust after it happens to them. Cleveland Head Coach Hue Jackson acknowledged there is no guarantee that Britt will start this week against the Baltimore Ravens, but Britt is obviously hoping he will.
For a team who hasn't been in the playoffs since 2002, the Cleveland Browns are very hopeful Kizer will lead the team to their first appearance in over a decade.