"This is not just for the moment", Jackson said. "He has the talent and makeup we're looking for".
"We're not going to blink about it and move forward, " said Jackson.
According to Jackson, Kizer earned the starting job through his preparation, saying he established a work ethic that earned the respect of his teammates.
"It's been good to watch his development throughout the offseason". He's done some good things and worked hard and done a great job in this building.
The Cleveland Browns will start their 27th quarterback since 1999. He'll also be the 15th opening day starter since then, but only the second rookie. He will be the first Browns rookie to start the season under center since Brandon Weeden in 2012. Cody Kessler took the first snaps of the spring and the summer, and after about 10 days of camp, Brock Osweiler was named the starter for the preseason opener. Kizer was also the fourth quarterback drafted behind Mitch Trubisky, Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson, but the first to earn a starting job.
"I definitely feel more comfortable". He finished the evening by going 11-18 for 184 yards and 1 TD.
In two preseason games, Kizer has completed 19 of his 31 attempts for 258 yards with one passing touchdown, a rushing score and four drives that ended in points for the Browns, which was starkly different from the other quarterbacks on the roster. A dropped pass and a fumble in the red zone marred his outing Saturday. He came well prepared to play.
Of his 16 aimed passes, 14 traveled at least 10 yards in the air, and he showed solid chemistry with Corey Coleman, connecting with his receiver for several first downs, including a dime at 6:40 of the first quarter.
Kizer has gone 25-for-49 for 351 yards with one touchdown and one interception in three preseason games. Jackson loved what he saw out of the Notre Dame product. But if he struggles enough, it would not be surprising to see him pulled.
"It's definitely in the bed with me, so I'm very close to putting it to bed", he said. "I'm sure I'll let you guys know right away". Elite teams win games when they are better than their opponent.
Cleveland Browns players lock arms during the playing of the national anthem before an NFL preseason football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Tampa, Fla.
"He did not fall flat on his face, " said Jackson.
On this edition of "Sitin' With Sartaj" from this weeks episode of The Sports Buzz, Cleveland native Sartaj Aujla sits down with host Brian Skowronski for a casual chat on Kyrie, Kizer and the Browns. He's extremely bright. That's the quarterback of our defense, so he has a lot of input and say from snap to snap what our defense does, so he kind of kind of controls that, and that's a ideal fit for him. "He's doing everything he needs to do to prepare himself for this opportunity".
Coaches like to say players make their biggest jump from their first to their second season.
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