Browns

Intrigue and questions surround Browns four quarterbacks

DeShone Kizer is the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns going into Sunday’s Week 1 game versus the Pittsburgh Steelers. There is no question or controversy surrounding him. But, the rest of the quarterback room is in a weird state. After picking up Josh Woodrum off waivers on Sunday, the Browns currently have four quarterbacks on the 53-man roster in DeShone Kizer, Cody Kessler, Kevin Hogan and now Woodrum. Most teams carry three with some just holding two on their roster.

What are the Browns doing with the packed quarterback room?

Browns Head Coach Hue Jackson answered that question in Monday’s press conference. “I think the most important thing is obviously we still have some young players and here is a chance to see another potential player [QB Josh Woodrum] who has some characteristics that we like,” Jackson responded. “I think it will be temporary. I think we are taking a look-see at a guy. How it is all going to unfold, I don’t know. We will get to that here, I am sure, by the end of the week.”

This means the Browns will likely not hold four quarterbacks going into the season. He mentioned it was temporary for the team to have four quarterbacks. The Browns roster is still fluid with a few more changes probably coming down the pipeline before we get to Sunday’s game.

With four quarterbacks on the roster, Jackson will decide on who will be Kizer’s backup for the season. “What we are going to do is, obviously, we practice tomorrow so I am going to go through this week,” said Jackson. “As the game plan unfolds, I will make that decision who the backup quarterback will be.” He went on to say that when he chooses the backup quarterback he will keep the quarterback in that spot for the season and not look to change it week to week.

The Browns quarterback unit is young with little experience in the league. None of the four quarterbacks have won a single game in the NFL. But, Jackson is not worried. “You know what is interesting,” laughed Jackson. “I kind of had a little bit of that a year ago so I don’t think that is what is important. I have said that before. What is important is how we want to play on offense in our system and getting to play. This is a new year so we are starting over a little bit. DeShone is our starter, and he has not played one regular season game so we were going to have a quarterback that was going to have a 0-0 record. Hopefully, we can earn some wins this year.”

Through this week and the full season, the Browns quarterback position continues to hold tons of intrigue.

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  • tigersbrowns2

    Woodrum is 6’3″ 230 lbs … so he has NFL size , but i couldn’t tell you if he has the rest of the goods or not … that is what Hue will find out.

  • jpftribe

    I wonder if the Ravens wanting him on their PS has anything to do with it.

  • mgbode

    I don’t know. Woodrum leaves Liberty & then they beat Baylor. He must be terrible. That is how this works, right?

    Seriously, no clue on Woodrum. Sounds like Derek Anderson “at best” from his profile.

  • BenRM

    Yeah – it seemed like an odd pick up to me.

  • Pat Leonard

    I wonder how much of this signing was about grabbing a player who was with the Ravens during training camp and knows their playbook and tendencies.

  • tigersbrowns2

    but what it tells me is that they are constantly looking at talent & looking too improve.

  • BenRM

    I mean…I guess? They should be doing that anyway since it’s like, their job.

    Frankly, pick ups like this make me question their evaluations more. “Oh look, we used a roster space to maybe upgrade our QB3” seems like an unnecessary move to me.

  • Natedawg86

    I like Hogan as our 3 (can’t believe I said that) and one would think they would use that 53rd spot for someone who is able to contribute to the team vs the Steelers. 4 Qbs is like having 2 kickers on the 53 man

  • BenRM

    At this point, I actually think Kessler is probably the 3rd QB. And I totally agree on the 4 QBs thing.

  • CBiscuit

    Well I guess we have to trust Hue on this again.

  • RGB

    Maybe the HBT is gambling that Woodrum is an intriguing enough prospect that they can trade him later.

  • jpftribe

    At the expense of the Ravens going with Flacco, who started practicing Saturday, and Mallett as their only QB’s seems a little too convenient.

  • mgbode

    With the hope that Flacco cannot play and forcing Ryan Mallet to start against the Browns thus finalizing the long-running WFNY meme of Mallet versus Locker.

  • mgbode

    I like Hogan as Duke Johnson’s backup 🙂

  • mgbode

    Or now.

  • jpftribe
  • Garry_Owen

    Hue can definitely trust me.

  • paulbip

    Kizer is the 2nd coming of D Anderson.

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