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

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

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

Cleveland is abuzz with DeShone Kizer fever after the second-round rookie engineered an impressive comeback victory in the Browns' preseason opener.

He could start Kizer against the Giants but reserve the right to go back to Brock Osweiler for the start of the regular season. And it appears the competition is now down to him and Osweiler.

"It is too soon", Jackson said Friday on a conference call. "That's why I haven't made that decision". There's a process to all of this. It's not just because people see a bomb thrown downfield from 45 yards. "We're not there yet". The Browns next preseason game isn't until August 21 against the Giants, and the team will practice six days in a row beginning Saturday. Jackson is in no rush to name a starter for that nationally televised game and indicated he may wait several more days before deciding who takes the field first. He could bump Kizer up to No. 2 ahead of Cody Kessler. He completed 11 of 16 passes for 126 yards, including a 32-yard pass to Tommylee Lewis inside the Browns' 5 in the third quarter, but he put only one field goal on the board during his time under center.

Whatever Jackson decides to do, it'll have little bearing on the long-term picture.

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Jackson said he's weighing all the options.

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

"I am sure he is in the locker room excited, but he will be the first to tell you, there are so many other things to clean up".

"Anytime you can win the game and make some of the plays he made, there were positives from that". I don't think you do things out of a knee-jerk reaction.

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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.

"I think DeShone did some really good things", Jackson said. "I think we all know that". Kizer is much more the future in Cleveland.

NOTES: S Ibraheim Campbell is in the concussion protocol after suffering a head injury on the game's second play.

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