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3 Big Takeaways: Jackson to decide between Kizer, Hogan vs. Titans


  1. Browns coach Hue Jackson was firm in his decision to keep DeShone Kizer on the sidelines Sunday but he's open to bringing the rookie back for next week's game against the Titans.

Jackson said the Browns' starting quarterback job would be a "week to week" decision after Kevin Hogan struggled in a 33-17 loss to the Texans. One week after Kizer had two first-half interceptions against the Jets, Hogan had three in a game that saw the Browns fall behind by as much as 30.

"I made a decision I was playing Kevin for this game," Jackson said. "I didn't think that'd be fair to put DeShone (Kizer) into the game. I made a commitment to doing this for the week. That's what I did, whether good or bad."

Hogan finished 20-of-37 for 140 yards, a late touchdown pass to tight end Seth DeValve and three interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. He added 36 rushing yards and took a number of hard hits.

"He missed some throws. Missed some opportunities and that's what happens," Jackson said. "Because it led to turnovers then things start falling down hill, and you can't get the momentum back so it's tough."

Jackson said he was in constant communication with Kizer throughout the game and liked the feedback he heard from the former second-round pick. If he's back on the field next week, he'll be making his sixth start as Cleveland tries to pick up its first win of the season.

"I wanted to make sure he was learning and growing in what he saw," Jackson said. "We went back and forth on things. He was really into it. I thought he saw some things that he can grow from. I heard growth out of him. I think that's what matters."

  1. Hogan, who was making his NFL starting debut, said he wasn't "shaken" by the performance. He's confident he could lead the Browns to a better finish against the Titans if he's called upon for another start.

"I really trust in my talent and I trust in my ability to lead this team," Hogan said. "I know that the guys trust me and I know that I can make plays out there. These games come down to a few plays here and there and unfortunately they didn't go our way today. It's definitely what I can learn from, but I know and I trust in myself that I can lead this team and I know we're going to get back to work and come back ready to fight against Tennessee next week at home."

Hogan's biggest error came early in the second quarter, when he sailed a short pass over the head of Duke Johnson Jr. and into the arms of veteran defensive back Johnathan Joseph, who never broke stride on his way to an 82-yard interception return touchdown. It was a deflating moment for the Browns offense, which has turned the ball over deep inside its opponent's territory at least once in each of the past five games.

"A couple of those high balls are definitely my fault," Hogan said. "I think the one to Duke, I was trying to get over one of the linemen and it just kind of got away, and that's all on me. That's definitely something that I can fix and I will."

  1. Myles Garrett had a hard time getting on the field during Houston's first offensive series because of the Texans' hurry-up offense, but the former No. 1 pick made his impact felt throughout his second NFL game.

Garrett didn't start but was on the field more frequently than the previous week. He picked up his third sack of the season in the first half and pressured Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson on a pass that was intercepted and returned by Browns defensive back Jason McCourty for a touchdown.

Garrett said his ankle, which kept him off the field for the first four games, felt better after Sunday's game than it did the previous week.

"There were some plays where I felt a couple tweaks, and I couldn't bend the way I wanted to, couldn't get as low, couldn't turn," Garrett said. "For the most part, I feel pretty good."

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