ROOKIE MOVE: Coach Hue Jackson sure sounds like rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer will get the start in the preseason opener Thursday against the Saints. Jackson mentioned “a feeling of who I think can be the guy” as one of the criteria for his decision.
Jackson will meet with head of football operations Sashi Brown and chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta before deciding how he’ll shuffle the rotation when practice resumes Monday. Cody Kessler has been No. 1 throughout the offseason and since camp opened but has played terribly. Jackson appears to be leaning toward giving Kizer a chance, with veteran Brock Osweiler waiting in the wings if he struggles.
Kizer, the No. 52 pick, has all the physical tools desired. The question is if he’s ready.
But Jackson said he’ll leave open the door to change the starter between the preseason opener and the start of the regular season Sept. 10 against the Steelers.
NEWS OF THE DAY: The Browns held a “mock game” a day after the Orange and Brown Scrimmage. The offense managed two touchdowns — Kizer- and Osweiler-led drives — after none Friday.
CAMPER OF THE DAY: Linebacker Jamie Collins. First, he leaped and reached high to tip a screen pass for an incompletion. Then with the No. 1 offense driving, Collins stepped in front of a Kessler pass over the middle and returned it 80 yards for a touchdown. His extreme athleticism was obvious on both plays.
PLAY OF THE DAY: Osweiler lofted a perfect pass down the left sideline and receiver Rannell Hall came down with it for a 40-yard gain. Trey Caldwell was in coverage.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We’re good. We’re on the right track. I can’t wait (for the winning to happen).” — Collins, on the direction of the organization.
SUNDAY’S SCHEDULE: No practice. Monday’s practice is from 3:25-5:55 p.m.