Browns fans have been waiting to get to see rookie draft pick DeShone Kizer get his chance to start with the first team and start a game under the spotlight.
He will get his chance.
Browns coach Hue Jackson announced this morning that Kizer will get a chance to start under center in the all important third preseason game at Tampa this weekend, putting more questions as to if the coach has truly decided who will be the starter come opening day against the Steelers.
The team released a statement from Jackson regarding the decision:
“This morning, I informed our quarterbacks that DeShone will be our starter for the third preseason game against Tampa. He has made a lot of progress by investing the time necessary to learn our offense, working hard to improve on his fundamentals while also effectively moving the offense in preseason games. Development is so important for a young quarterback, this is the next step he needs to take and he deserves this opportunity. We are very excited about seeing DeShone in the role of starter for this week, as he is certainly positioning himself well to earn the starting job heading into the regular season.
“Much like DeShone, Brock, Cody and Kevin have worked extremely hard throughout training camp and have helped create a very supportive environment in our quarterback room. They’ve pushed each other, worked well together and we expect that to continue.”
Brock Osweiler has started the first two preseason games, but the Browns first team offense has done little to give any hope of a breakout season to this point.
Many have stated that Osweiler has the inside track on the starting job to begin 2017, but throwing Kizer, who has been good in his time in the first two preseason games, as the starter for the third preseason game will give fans plenty to chat about if he again plays well against the Bucs.