notebook: Browns QB Kizer to start next preseason game
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[August 24, 2017]
The Sports Xchange
Three weeks into his first NFL
preseason, DeShone Kizer emerged as the starting quarterback of the
The rookie second-round pick out of Notre Dame earned a chance to
solidify his spot atop the pecking order of passers for the Browns
with a start in Cleveland's preseason game against the Tampa Bay
Buccaneers this week.
"This morning, I informed our quarterbacks that DeShone will be our
starter for the third preseason game against Tampa," head coach Hue
Jackson said Wednesday. "He has made a lot of progress by investing
the time necessary to learn our offense, working hard to improve on
his fundamentals while also effectively moving the offense in
preseason games. Development is so important for a young
quarterback, this is the next step he needs to take and he deserves
this opportunity. We are very excited about seeing DeShone in the
role of starter for this week, as he is certainly positioning
himself well to earn the starting job heading into the regular
Cody Kessler entered training camp as the presumed starter. A rookie
in 2016, Kessler entered the lineup after injuries to Robert Griffin
III and Josh McCown. Kessler is 12 of 17 in two preseason games but
averaging less than 6.0 yards per completion. Brock Osweiler,
acquired in a trade from the Houston Texans, is completing 54.5
percent of his passes with one interception and Kevin Hogan has only
one pass attempt.
--Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne will start Thursday's
preseason game against the Carolina Panthers, coach Doug Marrone
Fellow quarterback Blake Bortles will also receive reps with the
Marrone has not been pleased with what he has seen from his
quarterbacks thus far in the preseason.
Bortles, the third overall pick in the 2014 draft and the team's
starter since Week 4 of his rookie season, was ineffective in his
four series in the first half against the Bucs, all of which ended
--New York Giants coach Ben McAdoo didn't shed much light on the
condition of wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
McAdoo didn't elaborate if Beckham sustained a high or low ankle
sprain on a hit by Cleveland defensive back Briean Boddy-Calhoun
during a 10-6 loss to the Browns in a preseason game on Monday
"He's got an ankle (injury), he's in there getting treatment,"
McAdoo said. "We're just taking it day by day."
McAdoo also did not confirm or deny an ESPN report, citing sources,
that said Beckham may not be ready for New York's season opener at
the NFC East rival Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 10.
--The Giants waived offensive lineman Michael Bowie following a
charge of domestic assault and battery in Oklahoma.
Bowie, 25, turned himself in to authorities on Monday after a
warrant was issued last week. He was charged with one count of
domestic assault and battery and two counts of malicious injury or
destruction of property.
The NFL is investigating the incident and Bowie could be subject to
potential discipline by the league under the personal conduct
The team waived offensive lineman Corin Brooks, and waived/injured
wide receivers Darius Powe and Andrew Turzilli with hamstring
injuries. In addition, the Giants signed wide receivers Marquis
Bundy and C.J. Germany, and linemen Richard Levy and Matt Rotheram.
--If Le'Veon Bell's Tuesday night tweet is legit, the running back
plans to return to the Pittsburgh Steelers at the beginning of next
Bell has not been with the team during the preseason, working out on
his own during his holdout.
On Tuesday, a fan tweeted to James, "So like when is le'veon bell
gonna show up??," @Vadarmendariz asked in regard to fantasy
Bell tweeted a simple response: "9-1-17" with a wink emoji. When the
fan responded that his announcement was good news, he replied,
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Sept. 1 is one day after the Steelers' preseason
finale against the Cleveland Browns.
--Baseball legend Hank Aaron came to the defense of Colin
Kaepernick, saying the unsigned quarterback is "getting a raw deal."
Aaron told BlackAmericaWeb.com in an online video published
Wednesday that Kaepernick is being blackballed by NFL owners who
disagree with his politics.
"I think he's getting a raw deal," Aaron said. "If
you look at all the quarterbacks in the league right now, I think
you have to say he is 1, 2, 3, 4. I don't think anybody can do the
things he could do. I wish somebody would open up and give him a
chance to do his thing."
Aaron endured racism throughout his legendary baseball career. The
Hall of Famer was the target of racist taunts, death threats and
hate mail throughout his historic chase of Babe Ruth's home run
record in 1974.
--The Chicago Bears signed left tackle Charles Leno to a four-year,
$38 million contract extension.
The deal through the 2021 season includes $21.5 million in
guarantees, according to multiple reports. Leno was scheduled to
earn $1.797 million in the final year of his rookie deal.
The 25-year-old Leno, the Bears' seventh-round draft choice in 2014
out of Boise State, played in 38 games over three seasons with 30
The 6-foot-3, 305-pound Leno took over left tackle on a permanent
basis in Week 4 of the 2015 season and started all 16 games in 2016.
--Oakland Raiders left tackle Donald Penn ended his 26-day holdout
and returned to practice on Wednesday.
Penn is entering the final season of his two-year, $11.9 million
contract he signed in March 2016. By comparison, at least 14
offensive tackles in the NFL make $10 million per season.
The 2016 Pro Bowl selection has yet to miss a regular-season game
since entering the league as an undrafted free agent with the Tampa
Bay Buccaneers in 2007. The 34-year-old sat out the Raiders'
wild-card playoff loss to the Houston Texans last season with a left
--Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman has been ruled out of
Saturday's preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals, the team
The contest will be the second straight missed by Freeman, who
reportedly is navigating his way through the final stages of the
concussion protocol. The two-time Pro Bowl selection is not
practicing, but has been running sprints on the side of the field.
--The San Francisco 49ers signed free agent defensive lineman
Sen'Derrick Marks to a one-year deal to add depth at the position.
The 49ers have been hit with injuries on the defensive line,
including defensive tackle DeForest Buckner (ankle) and defensive
end Ronald Blair (groin).
--The 49ers activated free safety Jimmie Ward off the physically
unable to perform list, the team announced Wednesday.
Ward has been sidelined since sustaining a hamstring injury during
the team's conditioning test on the first day of training camp.
--The Indianapolis Colts activated center/guard Brian Schwenke from
the physically unable to perform list.
Schwenke, who signed as a free agent with the Colts in March to play
guard, had been battling a foot injury that kept him out of
offseason workouts and training camp. The veteran offensive lineman
can practice with the team immediately.
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