Ho­gan gets the nod at QB against Tex­ans

‘Next week is an­other game,’ Jackson says about Kizer play­ing again

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - FRONT PAGE - By Jeff Schudel jschudel@news-her­ald.com @jsproin­sider on Twit­ter

After five straight losses to open the sea­son with rookie DeShone Kizer at quar­ter­back, the Browns are mov­ing on to starter No. 28.

Kevin Ho­gan, ac­quired on waivers six days be­fore the start of the 2016 sea­son, will start on Oct. 15 when the Browns play the Tex­ans in Hous­ton, Coach Hue Jackson an­nounced on Oct. 11. Ho­gan When: 1 p.m., Oct. 15 Where: NRG Sta­dium, Hous­ton Records: Browns 0-5, Tex­ans 2-3 TV: WOIO Ra­dio: WKNR-AM 850, WKRKFM 92.3, WNCX-FM 98.5

will be­come the 28th quar­ter­back to start for the Browns since they re­turned to the NFL as an ex­pan­sion team in 1999.

“I just think it was the best chance to give our of­fense a chance to stay in rhythm and play con­sis­tently over four quar­ters,” Jackson said after prac­tice. “See if Kevin can do it. Ob­vi­ously, he’s done that in games. We’ve moved the ball. We’ve done some good things there. I just want to see if I can see him do that for a whole game. See where it goes.

“I’m not going to say I am weekto-week mode. Let’s see where we are. Kevin is this week. Next week is an­other game. We’ll go from there.”

Jackson benched Kizer at half­time of the game with the Jets on Oct. 8. Ho­gan played the sec­ond half and threw two touch­down passes – a 21-yard com­ple­tion to rookie tight end David Njoku and a screen pass that Duke John­son turned into a 41-yard scor­ing play. Ho­gan also rushed four times for 30 yards.

“I think peo­ple think that I’m do­ing this be­cause I’m maybe dis­ap­pointed in cer­tain things (with Kizer),” Jackson said. “I knew that this po­ten­tially could hap­pen. You guys con­tinue to write I said, ‘I would ride with him through it’ – and I have – but also, I have to ride this foot­ball team. It’s not just about one guy. It is about the team. At the end of the day, I have to do what I think is best to give our team the best op­por­tu­nity to win. That is what this is all about. Noth­ing more, noth­ing less.

“DeShone Kizer has a huge fu­ture here with the Cleve­land Browns. He needs to con­tinue to grow and con­tinue to get bet­ter, and he will. There is no ques­tion in my mind that he will, but right now, I think this is what is best for our foot­ball team and that is the de­ci­sion that I made. I sure hope (Kizer starts again this sea­son.)”

Ho­gan was se­lected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2016 draft with the 165th over­all pick. He was waived in the fi­nal cuts and claimed by the Browns be­fore the Chiefs could sign him to their own prac­tice squad. He be­gan last sea­son on the Browns’ prac­tice squad and was el­e­vated to the 53-man ros­ter last Oct. 11 – ex­actly one year be­fore he won the start­ing job this sea­son.

“I’m ex­cited,” Ho­gan said be­fore prac­tice. “It’s an­other op­por­tu­nity to go out there and play some ball, which I love. I played a lot of games in col­lege (at Stan­ford), and when I was out there the other day, it felt like I was in col­lege again.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to the op­por­tu­nity. I’m going to pre­pare my butt off this week for the guys around me and make sure they have con­fi­dence in me and trust me to lead them so that I’m feel­ing good going into Sun­day.”

Ho­gan has played in three of the first five games in 2017, all in a sub­sti­tute role. He com­pleted 5 of 11 passes for 118 yards and a touch­down against the Ravens while Kizer re­cov­ered from a mi­graine.

Kizer, the 52nd pick of the 2017 draft, can still be a fran­chise quar­ter­back, Jackson said. Kizer has com­pleted 81 of 159 passes for 851 yards with three touch­down passes and nine in­ter­cep­tions. His passer rat­ing is 49.5. He is not pout­ing.

“If an­other op­por­tu­nity comes up to me to step back out on that field, I have to be the best ver­sion of my­self,” Kizer said. “Now, it’s just going to take a lit­tle longer be­fore I get back out there, which has given me more op­por­tu­nity to be­come the best quar­ter­back in this league.

“The man (Jackson) has a plan. The plan was for me to be the starter all year. Yeah, it took an ad­just­ment, but once again, there’s a lot of thought that goes into a sit­u­a­tion like this. I com­pletely trust the process that he has set up for me.”

Ho­gan has com­pleted 26 of 38 passes for 377 yards with three touch­down passes and two in­ter­cep­tions. He has a 104.8 passer rat­ing.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS FILE

Browns quar­ter­back Kevin Ho­gan, shown dur­ing the Oct. 8 game, will start when the Browns take on the Tex­ans in Hous­ton.

RON SCHWANE — AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Browns quar­ter­back Kevin Ho­gan passes dur­ing a game against the Jets on Oct. 8.

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