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Cleveland Browns officially announce DeShone Kizer as starting quarterback

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Posted at 4:00 PM, Aug 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-27 16:51:05-04

The Cleveland Browns officially announced DeShone Kizer as the starting quarterback during a teleconference Sunday afternoon.

The former Notre Dame star and second-round NFL Draft pick is set to be the first rookie to start a season opener since 2012.

Head coach Hue Jackson is looking forward to see how Kizer's potential unfolds.

“It is very exciting. When we drafted this young man, there was a purpose in drafting him. We thought that he had exactly what we were looking for. As we kept diving into this process of spending time with him and making him our draft pick and from the first conversation I had with him up through now, it has been about how we can get him to be the best that he can be," Jackson said.

Jackson said since Kizer joined the team, he has improved on his defense.

"The defense’s No. 1 job is to rattle the quarterback. We have to understand how they are trying to attack him and take him out of his game because normally, if you can get the quarterback to not have a very good day, you have a chance to win the game. I think he is understanding that teams are game planning for the quarterback and not so much for the offense but that it is truly for the quarterback.”

Kizer was the starter quarterback in the Browns game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday night.