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    Rookie Quarterback DeShone Kizer Named Browns Starter

    Browns head coach Hue Jackson has announced that rookie DeShone Kizer will be the team's starting quarterback for Week 1. Cleveland Browns rookie

    September 20, 2017

    Browns head coach Hue Jackson has announced that rookie DeShone Kizer will be the team’s starting quarterback for Week 1.


    Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer has been named the team’s starter for the season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    Browns head coach Hue Jackson first made the announcement and spoke about his decision on a conference call Sunday.

    “He’s earned the right to play through his preparation,” Jackson said. “He’s established a work ethic that has earned the respect of his teammates.”

    The announcement came the day after the Browns topped the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13-9. Kizer went 6-of-18 for 93 yards and an interception, but Jackson reiterated his support for the young quarterback.

    “I think we all dove into this the right way to go find a guy that hopefully can solve our quarterback issue,” Jackson said. “Again, it’s not over with yet. This guy’s been named the starter, but he still has to earn the right to be the starting quarterback for this team week in and week out. I think he gets that. But he has the talent, he has the makeup, he has the things that we’re looking for.”

    Kizer beat out Brock Osweiler and Cody Kessler for the job and is the first rookie younger than 28 to start at quarterback for the Browns in Week 1 since 1999. He’s also the first rookie to start in the opener since Brandon Weeden in 2012, and the fifth different opening day starter in the past five seasons.

    Have the Browns finally found their quarterback of the future?

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