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Browns' QB coach on Kizer: 'He's still not there; he knows it'

From ESPN - August 13, 2017

BEREA, Ohio -- Hes not ready yet.

That was the unequivocal word on Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer from quarterbacks coach David Lee on Sunday.

Lee talked a lot about things that Kizer has done well, but his bottom line was clear.

Hes still not there, Lee said, He knows it.

Lee elaborated, saying that there is so doggone much for Kizer to learn.

Hes trying and hes doing better, Lee said. Has he got it mastered? Not yet. So weve got to know he can do all of it before we put him out there full-time. So hes not ready for that yet.

The message from the Browns has been consistent. Coach Hue Jackson said this past Friday that hes not comfortable naming Kizer the starter for the second preseason game or the season opener. He did give Kizer more reps with the starters in Saturdays practice, but both Jackson and Lee said there is plenty of room to grow.

This would indicate that Brock Osweiler probably will keep the starting job in the next preseason game Aug. 21 against the Giants.

Lee said Osweilers game against the Saints was not as bad as it may have seemed.

He did a lot of really good things, Lee said. He threw the fade ball to Kenny Britt. Kenny has one foot down. If he can drive [the second foot] into the ground, we have a touchdown. He misses Seth [DeValve] by about four inches. There are 14 points. He didnt play but about 28 plays.

Osweiler had some overthrows, which Lee attributed to his being jacked up.

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