CLEVELAND -- Despite rampant reports of the Cleveland Browns attempting -- and failing -- to acquire a quarterback at the National Football League trade deadline last Tuesday, the bye-week break was a time for quarterback DeShone Kizer to evaluate himself after the first half of the season.
While taking some time away from the facility, Kizer was able to examine the game film and take lessons from his seven starts over the first eight games of the season for the Browns (0-8).
“Absolutely, self-scout is the best scout,” Kizer said. “When you go out and evaluate yourself, you can really find where you can develop.
“Obviously, this whole season has been kind of a season where you are always self-scouting when all of the quarterback changes happened, but this was a long break for us to reevaluate some of the things I do well, some of the things I don’t do well and try to attack them.”
PHOTOS: Cleveland Browns QB DeShone Kizer shows improvement against Minnesota Vikings
Kizer was benched in each of his previous two starts and sat out a full game in-between heading into a 33-16 loss to the Minnesota Vikings at Twickenham Stadium in London on Sunday, October 29.
However, for the first time in a month, Kizer played a full game, completing 18 of his 34 attempts for 179 yards with no touchdowns and five carries for 18 yards with one score in a loss to the Vikings (6-2). More importantly for the Browns, Kizer did not commit a turnover in the loss.
“There are a lot of plays to be had out there,” Kizer said. “Obviously, there is a big emphasis on not turning the ball over, and I was able to develop that throughout the first half of the season, and obviously, didn’t turn the ball over against Minnesota. Now, there are big plays that turn into touchdowns that need to be made throughout a game.”
In his first seven NFL starts, Kizer completed 111 of his 213 attempts (52.1 percent) for 1,144 yards with three touchdowns against a league-worst 11 interceptions. Additionally, Kizer took 15 sacks for 81 lost yards and held a 51.1 quarterback rating.
And Kizer enters the second half of the regular season anxious to prove he can be the team’s long-term answer at quarterback.
“You have to prove that every time you step out there,” Kizer said. “When you are in a position where you are 0-8, when you are on a club that hasn’t been winning in the recent past and hasn’t had a solid quarterback in a long time, you have to prove that every time you step out there.
“It is going to take a lot for a guy to hold onto this position for a while, and that is why you have seen so many guys who haven’t been able to hold on to it. There is definitely a chip on my shoulder to go out there and continue to represent myself and this team as best as I can and do whatever I can to be the quarterback here for a long time.”