Hue Jackson says rookie QB DeShone Kizer gives Browns ‘hope’

The Browns quietly impressed this weekend in a 21-18 loss against the Steelers.

Most figured the game would be a blowout, but rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer gave the Browns a spark. The former Notre Dame standout completed 20 of 30 passes for 222 yards and a touchdown, while turning the ball over just once.

Hue Jackson said Monday that the future of the franchise may be a little bit brighter with Kizer under center.

While the Browns might still struggle to win games this season, they finally have a promising future on the horizon.

Mack came to Indianapolis with the 143rd overall pick of the 2017 NFL draft, making him the 15th tailback selected. He was prolific in three seasons at South Florida, rushing for more than 1,000 yards each year and scoring 32 touchdowns — including 15 as a junior in 2016.

Unfortunately, he fumbled on the Colts’ next drive, which Jacoby Brissett recovered for a safety in the end zone.

Where does Marlon Mack fit in the Colts’ lineup? Frank Gore’s presence in Indianapolis gives the team a steady veteran presence in the backfield, but Mack is being groomed to be his heir. Gore was the team’s go-to on Sunday, earning seven carries to Mack’s two in the first quarter. Where Mack can add value is as an extra receiver out of the backfield — something the Colts have utilized often the past two seasons.

Gore has 72 receptions for 544 yards over that span, but Mack’s availability could put the rookie on the field for more third down situations. He had 28 receptions in 12 games for the Bulls last fall.

Also, he was drafted by an orangutan, which immediately gives him more promise than anyone drafted by Ryan Grigson.

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