AFC North Notes: Browns, Kizer, Steelers

Browns rookie DeShone Kizer is out to prove that he can be the quarterback of the future in Cleveland.

Every time I step out onto the field it’s about doing whatever I can to prove to my teammates and to this organization who I am as a quarterback and as a competitor,” said Kizer (via Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com). “I look forward to being in Cleveland for a long time and I look forward to winning for a long time. Every rep that I get, it’s about making sure everyone knows exactly who I am.”

Still, Cabot argues that the Browns have no real choice but to use their top draft pick in 2018 on a quarterback. Kizer has shown promise at times, but someone from the group of Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold, and Josh Allen may provide greater upside. If the Browns finish out with the No. 1 pick – which seems very likely – and come to a consensus on someone from that trio, Kizer’s days in Cleveland could be numbered. Or, at the very least, he could find himself holding the clipboard next year.

Here’s more from the AFC North:

  • Browns head coach Hue Jackson says that wide receiver Kenny Britt did not ask for his release. “I can clarify that for sure,” Jackson said (Twitter link via Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal). On Wednesday, the Patriots formally signed Britt to a two-year deal.
  • Steelers cornerback Joe Haden will practice this week after missing a month with a broken leg, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter). Before the injury, Haden was on the field for almost every Pittsburgh defensive snap. Haden still ranks as the No. 32 cornerback in the league among 117 qualifiers, per Pro Football Focus.
  • This week, Robert Griffin III said that he nearly signed with the Ravens this year. Thanks to being benched in his final year with the Redskins, injuries in 2016, and his lack of employment in 2017, Griffin has appeared in just five games over the last three seasons.
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10 comments on “AFC North Notes: Browns, Kizer, Steelers

  1. partyatnapolis

    “Every rep that I get, it’s about making sure everyone knows exactly who I am” oh we know exactly who you are, Kizer. Your ill advised throws (especially late in games when your team is semi close), your inaccuracy, poor decision making, poor comp %, QBR and the fact that you have twice as many INTs as you do have TDs speaks volumes as to who you are as a QB. Nice enough kid, but not the answer. Will this team ever catch a break??

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    • IndiansFan15

      Kenny Britt not catching a ball didn’t help anything

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    • wdwyer

      Give him a break. It’s his rookie season. He has shown some flashes. Plus he was considered a project when he was drafted.

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      • chgobangbang

        Need a head coach more concerned with developing a QB instead of pointing fingers at others while throwing them under bus

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  2. marshmallowman

    “I look forward to being in Cleveland for a long time”
    -said no one ever

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  3. Thronson5

    Kizer will make a good back up over time I think but that’s about it. Maybe one day he will even become a good starter in the right system. Anything is possible when you see how good Keenum has been this year. With that being said the Browns need to make sure to draft a qb and now that Gordon back maybe they will have a better year next year. Guess we wait and see. Gordon is still a beast and should only be better next year and with a good qb next year I can’t wait to see the numbers he puts up. Definitely grabbing the guy in fantasy next year lol. Question I have is this..if Darnold joins the draft who do you take number 1..Rosen or Darnold?

    As far as RG3 goes I can’t possibly see a team signing that guy. Maybe as backup but I just don’t see it. With the draft being stocked up on QB’s and this free agency having some guys out there like all of the Vikings QB’s (Bradford, Keenum and Bridgewater), possibly Alex Smith, Cousins and possibly Eli Manning I’d like to think there are more options and better options then RG3 so I just don’t see the guy getting a contract even though he thinks he will find a deal next year.

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    • chgobangbang

      Agree but haven’t some of #1 qbs saying no to Cleveland already?

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  4. Peterd

    Forget about using the No 1 for a QB. Take your pick of a FA QB who can MANAGE a game and use the #1 for the stud RB out of PSU and then the Texans pick for the BEAST offensive lineman from ND and build the team right. And STILL have 3 more picks in the 2nd round. Dorsey better not blow this draft

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    • Chris

      Taking a running back with the first pick seems foolish in the NFL. You need a qb and the Browns have passed on two potential stars in Wentz and Watson. They can’t afford to do that again. Now if they can work out a trade for McCarron then okay think about trading down to 3 or 4 and get Saquan, Fitzpatrick the safety out of Bama with the Texans pick and then have all those other draft picks… now you’re in business. But you need a young quarterback to build around. Most of these FAs are placeholders

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