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The list of starting quarterbacks for the Cleveland Browns since the franchise rebooted in 1999 continues to grow.
Browns Coach Hue Jackson announced Wednesday that Kevin Hogan will be the team’s starter for Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans. Hogan, who will make his first career start, replaces rookie DeShone Kizer, who was benched at halftime of last week’s 17-14 loss to the New York Jets.
Hogan now gets his chance as the 28th quarterback to start for the Browns since 1999. He spent the offseason as the fourth quarterback in a three-player competition for the starting job. He did not play in the first preseason game, but eventually earned the backup role ahead of Brock Osweiler (released) and Cody Kessler (No. 3).
Jackson had gone to Kizer as his starter when the season began, saying he would stick with the rookie through all the growing pains. However, he’s changed that position.
“I’ll say it again: DeShone Kizer has a huge future here with the Cleveland Browns,” Jackson said. “He needs to continue to grow, continue to get better, and he will. There’s no question in my mind that he will. But right now I think this is what’s best for our football team and this is the decision that I’ve made.”