DeShone Kizer named Browns starting quarterback

The quarterback competition in Berea is over, and DeShone Kizer has been declared the victor.

Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson named Kizer the starting quarterback in a conference call on Sunday.

One day after earning his first preseason start, Kizer has been given the role permanently, starting with Cleveland’s Week 1 tilt with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The first-year gunslinger out of Notre Dame established a rapport Saturday night with Cleveland’s first-team weapons, namely second-year wideout Corey Coleman. Though Kizer finished 6-of-18 passing for 93 yards with one interception, or what Around The NFL colleague Nick Shook called “one of the more misleading stat lines you’ll see this preseason,” he impressed the coach who drafted him.

During Sunday’s announcement, Jackson mused about his starter’s pocket presence and Kizer’s ability to redirect protections, among other things.

“He’s earned the right to play through his preparation,” Jackson told reporters. “He’s established a work ethic that I think has earned the respect of his teammates. I think it will afford him the ability to lead the offense as we move forward, which hopefully will lead to success.

“It’s been good to watch his development throughout the offseason. Obviously he’s a young quarterback, and he still

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