Patience in a rebuilding process or developing a young quarterback only goes so far, especially when there are jobs on the line.
The 0-5 Cleveland Browns announced on Wednesday morning that they will start second-year quarterback Kevin Hogan this week as the team travels to Houston to face the Texans. Rookie second-round pick DeShone Kizer, who started the first five games, will be his backup.
“I’ve made the decision to start Kevin this week,” coach Hue Jackson announced in a release. “We’ve liked what Kevin has been able to do within our offense when he’s been in there and he will start on Sunday because that’s what we feel is best for our team at this point in time.
“This does not change the way we feel about DeShone going forward,” Jackson said. “He’s worked extremely hard and still very much has a bright future. Right now, it’s better for him and his development to back up Kevin.”
Kizer has completed just over half of his 159 pass attempts, with three touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Hogan, a fifth-round draft pick last year out of Stanford, becomes the 28th quarterback to start a game for the Browns since their rebirth in 1999. This Sunday will be his first career start.
Hogan played the second half last week against the Jets and completed 16-of-19 passes for 194 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.