Kizer gets a fresh start with Packers
QB from Browns
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — DeShone Kizer has already had quite the NFL career after just one year in the league.
But what a year it was starting for the winless Cleveland Browns as a rookie.
Now Kizer is in a completely different situation with the Green Bay Packers. There are no expectations to start with Aaron Rodgers healthy again. He might not even be the top backup come fall with Brett Hundley back and hoping to be the top reserve behind Rodgers for a third straight year.
Kizer expects to compete with Hundley for the backup job in training camp. For now, his focus as the offseason program wraps up this week with minicamp is on mastering the playbook, proving himself to teammates and working on skills needed to prepare for preseason practice in late July.
“I think this is one of the more unique careers that a young quarterback can have as far as … getting experience, seeing what it’s like to lose in this league, seeing what it’s like to go through a situation in which your back is kind of against the wall the whole year,” Kizer said, “and then obviously jump to the complete other side.”
Granted, the Packers were 7-9 last year and did not make the playoffs for the first time since 2008. That led to a slew of offseason changes — at least for the usually stable Packers — with Brian Gutekunst taking over as general manager and coach Mike McCarthy installing new offensive and defensive coordinators.
One of Gutekunst’s first moves was a trade with the Browns that sent cornerback Damarious Randall, who was the Packers’ first round pick in 2015, to Cleveland in exchange for Kizer. The deal foreshadowed a competition for the backup job after the Packers’ passing game struggled while Rodgers was out with a broken collarbone.