Cleveland Browns bench former Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer

The Cleveland Browns have benched former Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer and will start Kevin Hogan this week, the team announced on Wednesday morning.

“I’ve made the decision to start Kevin this week,” Browns coach Hue Jackson said in a statement released by the team. “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. He has 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, 21, left Notre Dame early for the NFL Draft and was selected in the second round, No. 52 overall. He was named the Browns’ starting quarterback entering the regular season but has struggled.

Through five games Kizer has completed 50.9 percent of his passes for 851 yards, with 3 touchdowns and an NFL-high 9 interceptions, for a quarterback rating of 49.5, which ranks 32nd in the league among qualifying players. He has also scored 2 rushing touchdowns.

The Browns fell to 0-5 with their 17-14 loss to the New York Jets on Sunday.

Hogan, who took over for Kizer during that game, completed 16 of 19 passes for 194 yards, with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. Kizer completed 8 of 17 passes for 87 yards and 1 interception.

Hogan, in his second season out of Stanford, has completed 68.4 percent of his passes for 377 yards, 3 touchdowns, 2 interceptions and a quarterback rating of 104.8 in three games this season. He was a fifth-round pick by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2016.

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