Browns fans, there’s something to look forward to this season.
On Sunday, Cleveland Browns Head Coach Hue Jackson named rookie quarterback Deshone Kizer their starting quarterback this upcoming season. This is subject to change depending on how well Kizer performs, but on the surface, this is good news.
The Browns’ other options in Brock Osweiler, Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan may present some limited immediate success, but starting Kizer gives this team something to build on for years to come.
As a rookie quarterback, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. The pressure that comes from being a starting quarterback in the NFL is insurmountable, especially in Cleveland.
The disastrous quarterback lineage in Cleveland has put a stigma around this organization. So what makes Kizer different?
Taken in the second round of this year’s NFL Draft out of Notre Dame, Kizer has shown promise in the first three preseason games. His discipline both on and off the field has shown in his play and in his interviews. He understands the situation he’s in, which is rare for a rookie quarterback. Kizer doesn’t believe he’s entitled to the starting role and understands the commitment level it takes to be a starting QB in the NFL.
A part of Cleveland’s lack of success has been selecting quarterbacks with a lack of talent or a surplus of ego. Kizer has the rare combination of having good feet and a cannon of an arm. His pre-game preparation and on-field decision making stand out in his play; two things every quarterback needs to succeed.
So what should we expect from Deshone Kizer in his rookie season?
Keeping into account the supporting cast which is around him, Kizer could have respectable statistics in his rookie year. The offensive line is a top 10 unit, the receivers aren’t terrible and the run game is steady.
For a 16 game season, my predictions are:
Completion Percentage: 63.6%
QB Rating: 81.5
Passing Yards: 3800
Rushing Yards: 150
Rushing Touchdowns: 3
This would be a solid building block for the Browns to build around. With the receiving corps and defense taking steps this year, the Browns may have a chance to gain respect in the league.