Browns change QBs again, re­place Kizer with Ho­gan

The Garden Island - - Morning Briefing -

CLEVE­LAND — Kevin Ho­gan was fourth on the depth chart in train­ing camp. He’s now Cleve­land’s start­ing quar­ter­back. The Browns are chang­ing QBs. Again. Still. Ho­gan will re­place strug­gling rookie DeShone Kizer this week and start at Hous­ton, be­com­ing the 28th dif­fer­ent starter for the Browns since 1999. Ho­gan has come off the bench three times this sea­son and pro­duced points for the spi­ral­ing Browns (0-5), who are 1-20 in two sea­sons un­der coach Hue Jack­son and show­ing min­i­mal signs of im­prove­ment.

On Mon­day, Jack­son said he needed more time to process the quar­ter­back sit­u­a­tion, which never seems to im­prove in Cleve­land.

Kizer has re­gressed in re­cent weeks, throw­ing in­ter­cep­tions and prompt­ing Jack­son to make the swap. The NFL’s youngest start­ing quar­ter­back, the 21-year-old Kizer leads the league with nine in­ter­cep­tions — four in­side the red zone. The sec­ond-round pick from Notre Dame has showed prom­ise, but he’s been in­de­ci­sive and in­ac­cu­rate, and Jack­son thinks the next step is for him to watch from the side­line and learn.

Ho­gan wasn’t even in the con­ver­sa­tion to win Cleve­land’s start­ing job in train­ing camp when Kizer, Cody Kessler and Brock Osweiler bat­tled it out. ••• As­so­ci­ated Press

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