Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Cleveland Browns 7, New Orleans Saints 6

Cleveland Browns 7, New Orleans Saints 6

CLEVELAND - It seems like an appropriate time to revive the never-ending Cleveland Browns quarterback debate.

Then, on the next possession, Kizer threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to second-year wide receiver Jordan Payton and gave the Cleveland Browns a 20-14 lead over the New Orleans Saints with 1:52 to play in the fourth quarter.

"If we're going to play", the second-year Browns coach said last week, referencing an 0-4 showing in 2016, "we need to go win".

Kizer followed Brock Osweiler and Cody Kessler, neither of whom got a lot done.

DeShone Kizer started the second half and led five drives, including two that ended in touchdowns. Kizer essentially did everything he needed to put himself back into the discussion about starting the season opener. "Way too many penalties for my liking", Jackson said. "He understands the situation a lot better than I ever will". "Let me see where we are".

"I thought he held his own", Jackson said. "I will watch more once I get an opportunity to see the tape". Given the way the other quarterbacks played, it nearly seems like Jackson has to give Kizer a longer look.

"We all know he's talented, but there's still some things he needs to do better".

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Crawley was flagged twice for pass interference, and Harris drew one flag for illegal contact - typical issues for the first preseason game, when cornerbacks find themselves getting re-acquainted with the NFL's contact rules.

Kizer set up a 1-yard TD run by Terrance Magee with a 52-yard strike to receiver Richard Mullaney to cut the deficit to 14-13 with 12:33 left in the fourth quarter but it was his second deep ball that will be the one fans will talk about for the next few days. He finished 5 of 10 for 47 yards.

On every one, he showed the arm strength and talent that have appeared now and then in practice.

Osweiler went 6-for-14 for 42 yards and a 50.3 rating. Linebacker Stephone Anthony registered a sack in the second quarter on a blitz that forced a Browns punt. He got the Browns into the end zone after a turnover set up the offense at the Saints' 21.

Garrett, the defensive end from Texas A&M taken by the Browns with the first overall pick in the 2017 draft, was credited with one tackle and one quarterback hurry while playing with the first-team defense.

Following a seven-yard pass from reserve quarterback Chase Daniel to former Ohio State wide receiver Michael Thomas, the Saints utilized the running game for two big gains.

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