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Browns QB DeShone Kizer back in starting role

Rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer is back in his starting role.

Browns coach Hue Jackson made the announcement Wednesday as the team began its preparations in earnest for Sunday’s game against the Titans. He replaces Kevin Hogan, who made his first NFL start last week.

Kizer, who was pulled at the start of the second half of Cleveland’s Week 5 loss to the Jets, did not play in last week’s loss to the Texans. On the season, he’s 81-of-159 for 851 yards with three touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also has 126 rushing yards, which ranks second on the team, and two rushing touchdowns.

Jackson said Monday he believed Kizer took a lot from the experience of watching from the sidelines.

“I think when you see some of the things that have happened to you in games and you can see it happening with somebody else that hurts your football team, you understand … the turnovers are putting the team at risk,” Jackson said. “When there is a chance, an opportunity to score points and here comes a turnover coming the other way, when sometimes the accuracy – you miss a ball, you throw it a little high or a little low or whatever all those things are – that it stops drives, and it doesn’t give your offensive football team the best opportunity to have success.

“I think seeing some of the re-protection ID things that came up a little bit yesterday was very eye-opening to him, and I think it was a good experience for him.”

Kizer and Jackson will meet with reporters later today.

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