The Jacksonville Jaguars head north to face the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, in what looks to be a snow game for rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer. Kizer, who was a polarizing figure leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft, has been up and down as a rookie, mostly down. Kizer has had a tendency to take sacks and throw interceptions, but he does have a handful of throws each game that make you see what people see in him. That sounds a bit familiar, considering what we’ve seen from Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles and Bortles has some advice for the young Browns quarterback.
“Try to throw it to your team as much as possible,” Bortles said on Wednesday when asked if he had any advice for DeShone Kizer. “I mean it’s tough, I’ve done it for a couple years and I think any quarterback will tell you that’s the biggest thing. You watch guys every week that have been playing in the NFL for a long time and still kind of make bad decisions and bad throws. It’s something that is a constant battle. The great ones are the ones that do that as little as possible and that’s why they’re so great. So I think everybody is trying to eliminate the turnovers and get rid of that.”
Say what you want about Bortles’ play, but it’s answers like that that endear him to the Jaguars fan base and make people want him to end up being the guy even if he’s not.
As for the Browns, Kizer currently leads the NFL with 12 interceptions in 250 attempts and he’s about to face the best pass defense in the NFL (by a significant gap) and the defense with the third most interceptions in the league. It doesn’t help Kizer that the Browns targets in the passing game amount to a running back, a developing receiving tight end and a wide receiver who seems to always be hurt.
Jaguars fans can empathize watching Kizer, as we’ve gone through those quarterback growing pains… twice, but Sunday expects to be another rough outing for the rookie.