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Could Kizer start Week 1?

The Browns announced the Brock Osweiler would start in the first preseason game on Thursday, but is there still a possibility that DeShone Kizer could be under center Week 1?

ESPN’s Pat McManamon painted an interesting picture about that possibility:

DeShone Kizer plays lights-out. If Kizer raises his game, Jackson may revisit the notion that it might be best to see Kizer from the get-go. The Browns want to win by running the ball and playing defense, so in that scenario and culture a rookie could function.

Kizer could thrust himself back into the picture by playing well against New Orleans. If he does, Kizer could get more practice reps the following week and a start against the Giants in the second preseason game. Kizer can’t play the way he did in the Browns’ recent scrimmage if he wants to earn that start; he has to show he belongs against the Saints.

As McManamon points out, however, the team would need to see a radical change from the way Kizer has been practicing and scrimmaging to make this a reality. Ultimately, his inaccuracy may hold him back.

What is for certain though, is that he is now getting increased snaps with the second unit, while Cody Kessler’s snaps are decreasing.


Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation's Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42

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