The Browns were hoping that they had finally found a franchise quarterback in DeShone Kizer, and while the young Notre Dame product has shown some promise in his young National Football League (NFL) career, Cleveland has decided to go in a different direction for now.
The Ohio native went to Notre Dame for three years, being red-shirted his first year in 2014, and made quite the breakthrough in his first year starting in 2015. With a 63 percent completion percentage, Kizer threw the ball for 2,884 yards, 21 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. Not only is Kizer a threat through the air, but his running ability also played a huge factor on the field as he ran for 520 yards and 10 touchdowns.
In his final year of college football play, Kizer passed for 2,705 yards, 24 touchdowns, and eight interceptions. On the ground he ran for 509 yards and seven touchdowns. In a depthy quarterback draft class, Kizer was selected with the 52nd overall pick in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns.
Kizer was named the starter for the Browns in the preseason and beat out veteran Brock Osweiler and second year quarterback Cody Kessler. He started the first five games of the season for Cleveland but was benched in Week Five against the New York Jets in favor of Kevin Hogan.
It was then announced by the team that Kizer would be benched for the Browns' Week Six game against the Houston Texans, leaving Hogan so serve as the starter again. Cleveland will be taking on a Houston Texans team who comes off the loss of two of their biggest defensive stars - JJ Watt and Whitney Mercilus.
On the other side of the ball, however, rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson is on a hot streak, having scored five touchdowns in each of his last two games. This should prove to be an interesting match-up for Cleveland come Sunday.
In the midst of Kizer's benching as the Brown's starter, one fan noticed on Twitter that the rookie quarterback actually liked a Tweet on Twitter of someone trashing his own football organization:
What are your thoughts on the Browns benching Kizer for their next game? And how do you feel about Kizer liking a Tweet that slams his own organization on Twitter? Do you think this is a classic rookie mistake by the young quarterback? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
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