The Cleveland Browns haven’t had much, if any, luck when it comes to finding a legitimate franchise quarterback.
When the Browns drafted Notre Dame quarterback Deshone Kizer in the 2nd-round of the 2017 NFL Draft, it was immediately speculated the Kizer could start the season under center.
While Kizer will be in competition with Cody Kessler, Brock Osweiler and Kevin Hogan, executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown insisted that the team won’t rush the rookie onto the field.
Brown said that the team will give Kizer the “chance to come in and solidify himself as an NFL quarterback”, per 92.3 The Fan.
“Ideally we’d be able to come in and give DeShone some time, and again, Hue [Jackson] talked about this. .. making sure he understands that he doesn’t feel like he has to have the pressure on him to be the week one starter or even the 2017 starter at some point. We like Cody, we like Brock, we like Kevin and he doesn’t need to feel that pressure,” Brown said.
Cleveland was reportedly, according the ESPN’s Adam Schefter, still trying to work out a deal for New England Patriots signal caller Jimmy Garoppolo but were rebuffed yet again.
“We won’t rest until we solidify that position,” Brown told 92.3 The Fan. “It’s not solidified right now, so we know we need the guys here to work their tails off, and Hue is going to develop them as much as possible and push them to be their best and we also know that until we get it solidified, we’re going to continue looking for players all over the league and in college.
“That may be in next year’s draft, it may be in free agency, it may be via trade. But again, Brock, Cody and Kevin are here working hard, and we’re going to support them as best we can,” Brown said.
Regardless, Kizer will be ready to work when the time comes, according to Cleveland.com.
“Being the competitor that I am, I think that the best way to go out and contribute is to be playing yourself so I am going to be doing whatever I can to learn as fast as I can and as quickly as I can to play” Kizer said.
“That’s the reason you play football is to play and not to sit around and watch from the sidelines. I will do whatever it takes to contribute as quickly as I can.”
With Kizer, the Browns are taking their time, hoping that their patience and attention on development will eventually help Kizer solidify himself as a true franchise quarterback.
Exactly what the Browns have been looking for all of these years.