Watson shines for Houston as Cleveland benches Kizer
HOUSTON — The Houston Texans and Cleveland Browns both looked to rookies to start at quarterback this season.
While Houston’s Deshaun Watson has improved each week since taking over at halftime of the season opener, Cleveland’s DeShone Kizer has struggled so much the Browns (0-5) benched him this week as they look to get their first win on Sunday at Houston.
“I think sometimes it’s good for guys to take a step back and see where they are so they have an opportunity to go back out there and do it again,” Browns coach Hue Jackson said. “This is by no means the end of DeShone Kizer.”
Cleveland will look to Kevin Hogan to take over for Kizer, a second-round pick who leads the NFL with nine interceptions this season. Hogan, Cleveland’s fourthstring quarterback at the start of camp, will become the 28th different player to start at the position for the Browns since 1999.
Hogan, in his second season, has appeared in four games this year and has thrown for 377 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions.
“(He’s) a guy that’s improved from Year 1 to Year 2,” Jackson said. “(He) did a really good job in the offseason of working out some fundamental things to improve.”
The Texans (2-3) drafted Watson 12th overall with a pick traded from the Browns, and since he’s taken over he’s helped this offense reach new heights. Houston scored a franchiserecord 57 points in a win over the Titans two weeks ago, and Watson threw for five touchdowns in a loss to the undefeated Chiefs last week.
Watt out again
Houston’s defense will look to regroup this week after J.J. Watt broke his leg and is out for the season. It is the second straight injuryshortened season for the three-time Defensive Player of the Year after he missed the final 13 games of last season. Watt was one of two starters who sustained season-ending injuries against the Chiefs, with outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus also out after tearing a pectoral muscle.
Two of a kind
This game will feature a pair of defensive ends drafted No. 1 overall in Houston’s Jadeveon Clowney and Cleveland’s Myles Garrett. Clowney, who went No. 1 in 2014, will be tasked with leading Houston’s defense. Garrett, the first pick this year, made his NFL debut last week after missing the first four games with a high ankle sprain.