Cleveland Browns to start QB DeShone Kizer against Tennessee Titans

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Browns are turning over the offense to rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer once again.

Prior to Wednesday’s practice, the Browns (0-6) announced that Kizer would start against the Tennessee Titans (3-3) at FirstEnergy Stadium Sunday.

The No. 52 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft out of the University of Notre Dame, Kizer started the first five games of the season for the Browns, but was pulled from a 17-14 loss to the New York Jets at FirstEnergy Stadium after struggling through a turnover-plagued first-half and remained on the sideline for last Sunday’s 33-17 loss to the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium in Houston.

In relief of Kizer, who completed just eight of his 17 throws for 87 yards with one interception and one lost fumble, second-year quarterback Kevin Hogan connected on 16 of his 19 attempts for 194 yards with two touchdowns and one interception on a deflection against the Jets.

Hogan finished the game with a 122.4 quarterback rating, while Kizer posted a 38.1 rating in his fourth straight outing with a completion percentage under 50. However, against the Texans, Hogan completed 20 of his 37 attempts for 140 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions.

In his first five NFL starts, Kizer completed 81 of his 159 attempts (50.9 percent) for 851 yards with three touchdowns against nine interceptions. Additionally, Kizer took 12 sacks for 63 lost yards and had a 49.5 quarterback rating.

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