DeShone Kizer is the backup quarterback behind Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay. You know what that means - if Rodgers gets hurt, Kizer will take over the Packers offense. You might consider him off waivers at that point but we've seen enough of Kizer to know he's not even half as good as Rodgers. No one's drafting him.
Kizer struggled during the portions of the Packers' spring workouts that were available to the media, Mark Feldmann of the Racine Journal Times reports. Observers offered similar criticisms for fellow reserve quarterback Tim Boyle, which isn't good news for a Packers organization that has seen Aaron Rodgers miss time due to injury both of the past two seasons. There's plenty of time for both players to turn things around in training camp, but it's also possible that Green Bay acquires a more serviceable No. 2 option ahead of the regular season.
Kizer completed 16 of 35 attempts, throwing for 132 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception during Sunday's 31-0 loss to Detroit. He also added four rushes for 40 yards on the afternoon. Kizer has demonstrated raw arm talent and glimpses of brilliance as a rusher from time to time, but his first two years in the NFL have been a supreme disappointment overall. Having entered the league as a second-round draft choice of Cleveland in 2017, the Notre Dame product has proceeded to complete fewer than 54 percent of his attempts, while owning an abysmal 11:24 TD:INT ratio for his career. Kizer's roster spot in Green Bay is far from guaranteed heading into 2019, as his ability to contribute as a reliable backup to Aaron Rodgers remains very much in question with this latest dud against Detroit's top-10 pass defense.
Kizer took a knee on the final play of Sunday's victory over the Falcons and finished with one rushing attempt for minus-1 yard. Kizer took the field for the first time since Week 1, but his appearance was purely ceremonial, as Sunday's game had already been decided when he entered. He continues to operate as the Packers' backup quarterback behind starter Aaron Rodgers.
Kizer completed four of seven passes for 55 yards while temporarily filling in for an injured Aaron Rodgers in Sunday's victory over the Bears. Kizer did not toss a touchdown but did throw an interception and lost a fumble as well. Kizer held his own immediately after entering the game, marching the Packers down the field into scoring position. However, a careless fumble -- while influenced by pressure from Khalil Mack -- cost the Packers any points, and his interception on the next drive that Mack took to the house gave the Bears a 17-point lead heading into halftime. Kizer has now seen action in 16 NFL games, but mistakes are still clearly an issue. Still, if Rodgers misses any further action, the Packers will have to sink or swim with Kizer.
Kizer is on track to open the season as the Packers' backup quarterback following the team's trade of Brett Hundley to the Seahawks on Wednesday, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports. While Kizer has not officially been named the No. 2 quarterback behind Aaron Rodgers, Hundley's departure leaves undrafted rookie Tim Boyle as the only other quarterback on the roster, so it all but guarantees Kizer the job unless the Packers add another player at the position prior to Week 1. Kizer started 15 games for the Browns as a rookie last season, but the Packers are no doubt hoping he only sees the field in inconsequential situations in 2018.
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