Browns re­ceivers like passes of Ho­gan

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

DeShone Kizer might be strong enough to throw a football hard enough to de­cap­i­tate the Jim Brown statue out­side First-En­ergy Sta­dium, but un­for­tu­nately for him and the Browns, much more goes into be­ing an NFL quar­ter­back than hav­ing a rocket arm.

Kizer, af­ter go­ing 0-5 as a starter, has been benched for the game with the Tex­ans on Oct. 15 in Hous­ton in fa­vor of Kevin Ho­gan.

Not all, but some of the nine in­ter­cep­tions charged to Kizer can be at­trib­uted to him throw­ing passes too hot to han­dle. There are more ex­am­ples, but a short pass bounced off the hands of Duke John­son and was in­ter­cepted by Ravens safety Eric Wed­dle on Sept. 17. Two weeks later in a game against the Ben­gals, a pass bounced off the hands of Browns re­ceiver Kenny Britt and was in­ter­cepted by Clay­ton Fe­jedelem.

“Ho­gan has a lit­tle bit more touch,” Britt said in the locker room af­ter prac­tice Oct. 12. “Kizer is go­ing out there and it’s a straight laser.

“I don’t play quar­ter­back, but there are some throws that you can’t al­ways throw as fast as you want. There are some throws that you have to use touch, and that’s some­thing that you prob­a­bly de­velop over time. I’m not too sure be­cause all I do is catch the ball.”

Britt said he should have caught the pass nine yards be­yond the line of scrimmage in the Cincin­nati game, but he said it got to him faster than he thought it would.

Britt isn’t the only Browns re­ceiver to no­tice a dif­fer­ence in the way Ho­gan and Kizer throw a pass. Kasen Wil­liams said vir­tu­ally the same thing.

“I per­son­ally like both their re­leases and how they throw,” Wil­liams said. “I’d say Kevin has a lit­tle more

touch on his throws. I feel like Kizer al­ways puts it in the right spot. He al­ways gives you the op­por­tu­nity to make a big play. Kevin does the same.

“I like them both as a quar­ter­back. That’s just from me be­ing here for a month. DeShone throws it harder. The more touch the quar­ter­back has, the eas­ier it is to catch be­cause it’s not coming at you real fast, but some­times you need that fast­ball to fit into tight win­dows. Both are nec­es­sary in spe­cific sit­u­a­tions.”

Kizer, in an in­ter­view af­ter the 31-28 loss in In­di­anapo­lis, didn’t an­swer di­rectly when asked whether he throws the ball too hard.

“It goes back to tim­ing,” Kizer said. “Ev­ery route re­quires a cer­tain ball and

ev­ery sit­u­a­tion the de­fense gives you re­quires a cer­tain ball for a re­ceiver to come down with it. It’s on me to once again eval­u­ate that de­fender, eval­u­ate how we’re run­ning our route and make sure that the ball is ex­actly where it needs to be.”

Kizer has com­pleted 81 of 159 passes. His 50.9 per­cent com­ple­tion per­cent­age is the low­est in the league. Ho­gan has thrown only 38 passes in three games, but he has con­nected on 26 of them for a 68.4 per­cent com­ple­tion rate.

Kizer has been at quar­ter­back for 48 pos­ses­sions and pro­duced 46 points — six touch­downs and one field goal. Ho­gan has put up 31 points — four touch­downs and a field goal — in 10 pos­ses­sions.

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