Browns turn back to rookie Kizer at QB

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(TSX / STATS) -- The Cleveland Browns are going back to rookie DeShone Kizer at quarterback.

Kizer, who started the first five games, will return to the top spot after watching from the sidelines while Kevin Hogan threw for 130 yards and three interceptions in a 33-17 loss to Houston last week. Coach Hue Jackson wanted Kizer to get a different perspective by sitting out.

"I think for (Kizer), he will be a little bit more team-protecting in situational football things," Jackson said Monday, before the decision was announced. "I think he will understand that better and really what it does to your team as you are in those situations.

"Number two, I think he will demand more from the guys that play around him because I think he understands that every play matters and every play is a difference between having a chance to win or lose a game."

Kizer, who was drafted in the second round by the Browns last spring, is completing 50.9 percent of his passes with three touchdowns and nine interceptions. He has also been sacked 12 times.

Jackson wouldn't commit to Kizer for the rest of the season but said, "I hope he is."

"It's on me to make sure that question never comes back up," Kizer told reporters. "Go out there and do my job to the best of my ability and make sure that No. 7 is out there leading this team for years to come."

Hogan will be the No. 3 quarterback this week, with Cody Kessler as the backup to Kizer.

Updated October 18, 2017