Kizer got the only points Thursday as each of the three competing quarterback candidates got a chance at a one-minute drill. Cody Kessler ended with a 10-yard throw incomplete to the sidelines on fourth-and-22. Brock Osweiler had a fourth-down throw go incomplete. But Kizer was able to complete a 28-yard pass on third down to set up a field goal.
Receiver James Wright helped immensely by outlawing a defender for the ball, but Kizer got the ball downfield, something that hasn't happened often in this camp.
"I think those are the plays that quarterbacks have to make," Browns coach Hue Jackson said. "And he made it."
On a two-point drill, Kessler got in the end zone once on three plays on a quick screen, and Osweiler was 0-for-3 with a pass knocked down in the end zone.
Kizer went through two reads before completing a pass for the conversion, then twice handed off on the read-option for conversions.
Best throw -- Kizer's throw to Wright qualifies. Kizer put the ball down the field, which allowed Wright to make a noteworthy leaping catch. The pass was not perfect, but it showed Kizer's arm strength and ability to get the ball down the field when he sets up properly.
Oops moment -- Count them. Kessler threw a 10-yard incompletion on fourth-and-22 to the sideline. Kessler was sacked four times, though two starting linemen did not practice (Joel Bitonio and Joe Thomas) and Jackson said three of the sacks were broken assignments by the offensive line. Osweiler had a nice throw over the middle for a 15-yard touchdown to J.P. Holtz, but he also did not get in the end zone once on three attempted two-point conversions. On one, he tried to run. Yes he looked Kosar-esque.
In summary -- It's easy to beat the drum for Kizer; he is, after all, the exciting rookie. But that's not the intention. He still has much to learn and room to grow. But when the other two quarterbacks competing for the starting job stumble, Kizer's good throws stand out. That has happened the last couple of days. Jackson has a lot to weigh, but the overriding factor heading into Friday's scrimmage is that neither Osweiler nor Kessler has grabbed the opportunity.
He said it -- Jackson said when he announces the starter for the Aug. 10 preseason opener it does not mean that guy will be the starting quarterback for the season opener. That would seem to indicate a strong lean toward Kessler starting against the New Orleans Saints. He's taken all the initial reps with the starters and could do so again in the game. Jackson also cautioned the team only had two days of practice preparing for Thursday's practice season opener. "I'm not going to rush [a decision]," Jackson said. "It's too important a decision to get right. I love the pressure you guys put on, but I'm not succumbing to it.”