Browns bench rookie QB DeShone Kizer, won’t reveal next week’s starter

Browns coach Hue Jackson benched quarterback DeShone Kizer for Kevin Hogan in Sunday’s loss to the New York Jets then declined to say who would start next Sunday’s game in Houston.

“It is still about winning,” Jackson said after the 17-14 loss that dropped the Browns to 0-5. “Kizer is developing, but his job is still to win. That is first and foremost. I didn’t think it was going in the right direction. That is why I made the decision to take him out. If that was the case and it was just about development, I would have just left him in. It is not about that. It is about winning.”

The Deshaun Watson Experience became a must-see event last week against the Titans. The Texans wisely spent the minutes after that rout cautioning everybody not to expect the Chiefs game to go that well. For good reason: For all the deserved praise for Alex Smith and the offense he’s running, the defense did not make it easy on Washington after falling behind 10-0 Monday night and paved the way for the comeback. It’s a great test for Watson.

Welcome to the NFL, No. 2 overall pick Mitchell Trubisky … signed, the Vikings defense. They’re another bunch that has to hold up its end of the deal extra-high because of the injury devastation on the offense. Playing a rookie in his NFL debut helps everybody on the Vikings’ defense, including Everson Griffen, whose five sacks are fourth in the league.x (2)

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