Browns bench Kizer

By | October 11, 2017

Browns bench QB Kizer; Hogan to start … In the wake of an 0-5 start to the season, Cleveland has confirmed that third-year pro Kevin Hogan will start this weekend against Houston in place of rookie DeShone Kizer. Kizer won the Browns’ starting gig with a strong fall camp, but he has struggled to date completing just 51% of his pass attempts while throwing 9 picks against just 3 TDs. In contrast, Hogan, who was originally a 5th-round draft pick by Kansas City in 2016, has a 68% completion rate in the three games in which he has come off the bench to relieve Kizer; in fact, Hogan led the Browns to all the points they scored in each of those three games. The bigger question for the Browns may be what they do going forward. The Browns say they continue to have confidence in Kizer – what else are they going to say – but it appears they are almost assured of another top 5 pick at the 2018 draft and with a number of quality passers expected to be on the board this coming April may be tempted to go back to the position at that time. At the same time, though, Cleveland has passed on the elite QB prospects available in the past two drafts – recall they waited until the 2nd round to get Kizer last spring – so may not force a pick this coming year. Stay tuned!