Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

New Orleans Saints at Cleveland Browns - 8/10/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New Orleans Saints at Cleveland Browns - 8/10/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

"There's more to playing quarterback than just that".

Three positives and three negatives from the Browns' preseason opener Thursday night... "Nothing's off the table". "When it is the right time to make the decision that we feel is right to say, 'This is the quarterback of the Cleveland Browns for 2017, ' then we will make that decision".

Myles Garrett showed flashes of dominance in his National Football League exhibition debut, and Cleveland rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer threw a late touchdown pass and the Browns beat New Orleans 20-14 on Thursday night while Saints stars Drew Brees and Adrian Peterson watched.

That turnover led to the Browns' only score, a 1-yard run by Matthew Dayes.

Just because you hit on your first few picks does not mean your team will see success.

Jackson did allow that the expected improvement in the running game and defense would make it easier to start a rookie.

"We are going to keep working at this thing, and we are going to continue to coach all of these guys to get better", he said. "There's a lot of things that go into the decision about your quarterback".

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On a 13-play drive in the second quarter, Osweiler completed five of his 11 attempts for 25 yards and drew a pair of penalties, one for defensive pass interference, and the other for offsides before his final attempt of the game. He rushed three times for 12 yards, took three sacks and earned a 114.1 rating. There were those whose stock rose and those who took a step back against the Browns.

Why they could suck: Cleveland lost 15 games past year and still don't have a clear-cut answer at quarterback. "I got to where I wanted to go, hustled hard and made the plays I'm supposed to make". While the quarterback situation is far from settled, you can bet Kenny Britt will be on the field for the Browns baring injury.

"But he'll be the first to tell you there's so many things he's got to grow from".

This was just the first preseason game, but it was still a more than impressive debut for Kizer especially considering the miserable luck the Browns have had at the quarterback position for the last 30 years. Kizer played the entire second half and outshined veterans Brock Osweiler and Cody Kessler, his competitors in the team's three-way battle for the starting QB job.

"I'm going to think through all these scenarios, I really am", Jackson said.

Part of what Jackson is examining is how to handle this practice time, which could provide an excellent opportunity for Kizer to get more reps with the first team against the first team. He finished 6 of 14 for 42 yards, but had several errant passes and incompletions.

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