Head coach Hue Jackson suggested that Kizer likely will start for the rest of the season, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain reports. "Where we are right now, I need to continue to see him,'' said Jackson. "Let's let him play. Let's let him play this thing out. As long as he's healthy, let's keep putting him out there. I want to walk away from this season knowing exactly what DeShone Kizer is top to bottom. He deserves that."
Kizer committed four turnovers in Sunday's 19-7 loss to the Jaguars, and yet Jackson didn't hesitate to commit to the rookie as his starter for Week 12 against the Bengals. The coach's comments further suggest that Kizer will start beyond Week 12, though it's possible Jackson changes his mind if there aren't signs of progress in the coming weeks. The only real positive from Sunday's loss was Corey Coleman, who returned from injured reserve to catch six of 11 targets for 80 yards. With Josh Gordon eligible to return from suspension for lWeek 13, the team may get five weeks to evaluate Kizer with the aid of a legitimate NFL-caliber supporting cast.
Kizer completed 16 of 32 passes for 179 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions during Sunday's 19-7 defeat to the Jaguars. Additionally, he tacked on five carries for 22 yards.
Kizer continues to be uninspiring as the Browns' starting quarterback, even with Corey Coleman at his disposal for the first time since Week 1. In nine appearances this season, Kizer has failed to reach 200 yards in six of them while tacking on two more picks to settle at an NFL-worst 14. Despite the lacking performance, head coach Hue Jackson told Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal that Kizer will get another chance to lead the offense next Sunday at Cincinnati, which boasts the fifth-ranked pass defense entering this Sunday's action.
Kizer (ribs) practiced fully Thursday, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Kizer, who briefly left the Week 10 loss to the Lions after bruising his ribs, was limited Wednesday, but his return to a full practice Thursday signals that he'll be fine for Sunday's home game against the Jaguars. The impending return of wideout Corey Coleman (hand) from injured reserve should boost Kizer's prospects down the stretch, but a run-heavy approach could be in order this weekend, with snow, wind and cold temperatures in the forecast for Cleveand on Sunday, according to Patrick Maks of the Browns' official site.
Kizer (ribs) was limited at Wednesday's practice, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Kizer briefly left Sunday's 38-24 loss to the Lions, but he returned for the end of the contest and said afterward that he'll continue to play through the rib injury. It only would have been a major concern if he'd missed Wednesday's practice entirely. Of course, a Week 11 matchup with the Jaguars doesn't bode well for his chances to avoid an aggravation, not to mention actually putting up some points. The expected return of Corey Coleman (hand) should at least help a little bit.
Kizer said Monday that his bruised ribs are sore, but he expects to get treatment this week and continue playing through the injury Sunday against the Jaguars, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Kizer left Sunday's 38-24 loss to the Lions in the third quarter, but he only missed a few snaps and still finished with one of his better stat lines of the season. He'll have a hard time matching the performance in Week 11, facing a Jacksonville defense that's completely shut down passing game all season. The Browns do expect Corey Coleman (hand) to return, with Josh Gordon potentially joining him in Week 13. The improved supporting cast should help Kizer down the stretch, assuming he stays healthy and isn't benched again.
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