The Cleveland Browns mandatory minicamp kicked off on Tuesday and no issue looms larger over second-year coach Hue Jackson’s head than what to do at quarterback, where four players appear in the mix to start, including rookie DeShone Kizer.
Cody Kessler, Brock Osweiler, Kevin Hogan and Kizer all got reps with the first team. Kizer, the team’s second-round pick, was third in the pecking order.
According to ESPN.com’s Pat McManamon, he received a ‘fair share of first-team reps.’
Jackson is trying to figure out what he has in each of his young passers. “As I told ya, I have to find out about these guys. That’s what I’m going to do over these next couple days before we go to training camp and as we get into training camp,” he said.
Kizer, who was considered by some as the top quarterback in the 2017 NFL Draft, slid to the second round because of his inconsistent play at Notre Dame and some personality concerns in the run-up to the draft.
There’s no doubt that Kizer has the most appealing set of physical tools of all the Browns’ options under center. In fact, it isn’t even close. It would be a significant surprise if the dual-threat rookie isn’t the starter by opening weekend, or sometime close to it.
Kizer completed 58.7-percent of his passes in his final season at Notre Dame, throwing for 2,925 yards, 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 12 games.