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Kizer shines, Kessler is average, Osweiler struggles

Both Cody Kessler and DeShone Kizer played well. It seems apparent that we know what Kessler is, he’s a backup quarterback. Cody made two very good throws tonight, one was a completion and the other was dropped.

Kizer will be able to beat people with his legs but he will be a pass first quarterback. Think Andrew Luck. Teams forget that Luck can run and is able to score on goal line bootlegs. If Kizer can become accurate with his throws, he can do some serious damage with his legs when it isn’t expected.

He made a fantastic 52-yard throw to Richard Mullaney after avoiding the pressure from the Saints. The Browns punched it in one play later. Kizer needs to get the mental clock. He held on to the ball too long a few times. Kizer made another fantastic throw for a touchdown to Jordan Payton. Kizer absolutely impressed me in the first game.

Brock Osweiler struggled the most. He wasn’t helped out at all with a holding penalty on Shon Coleman and a holding and false start penalties on Cam Erving. He had a couple of overthrows. One positive thing is he got rid of the ball, he didn’t take any sacks. Another is he made a great throw to Kenny Britt in the end zone but Britt only got one foot in-bounds.

The Browns’ defense is going to be improved

The defense led by new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is going to be night and day from last season. The defense was swarming to the football every play. Myles Garrett showed why he was the number one overall selection in this year’s NFL Draft. He made a couple of eye-popping plays.

Nate Orchard was all over the football field tonight. Another linebacker that had a good game was Joe Schobert, the second year player out of Wisconsin. He may move in front of Tank Carder on the depth chart. Gregg Williams wanted him to slim down about 15 pounds and he did so. Williams wanted this so he can be better in coverage.

The Browns had an impressive goal line stand against the Saints in the third quarter. They ended the stand with a fantastic tackle for loss by Briean Boddy-Calhoun on an end around. He blew up the play before it even started.

Other notes

Matthew Dayes really impressed me tonight. He is very quick and agile.

Jabrill Peppers on kick and punt returns is going to be a difference maker.

There were way too many penalties on the Browns tonight. They need to clean that up as they move through the preseason.