Browns top overall pick Myles Garrett effective in preseason debut

Hue Jackson: 'Way Too Early' to Talk About DeShone Kizer Starting for Browns

The Cleveland Browns returned to action to begin their 2017 season, beating the New Orleans Saints 20-14 at FirstEnergy Stadium Thursday night in their preseason opener.

Chase Daniel started at quarterback for New Orleans and led the Saints to the Browns' 4 on his second possession.

What's different: The Browns used said pick on defensive stud Myles Garrett, who is already working with the first-team defense.

With his performance, Kizer may have closed the gap on Brock Osweiler and Cody Kessler. There he didn't get much help, as Kenny Britt did not get both feet down on a nice throw to the corner of the end zone and then could not beat cornerbacks on two other potential scoring throws. At least the Browns choosing to defer to start the game ended with Kizer getting a whole half and what the team hopes will be a confidence-building touchdown to win it.

"If a guy is good enough and deserving of the opportunity, trust me, we're not in a position where we wouldn't give the best player an opportunity. We just have to continue to grow and get better".

"He can make those plays", Jackson said.

"I thought he held his own", Jackson said of Garrett, according to the team website. Tommylee Lewis had a wonderful showing in the game (10 catches for 128 yards and a touchdown), but his biggest play came on a 32-yard diving reception in the middle of the third quarter.

Playing most of the second half, Nassib, who was signed during the summer after backing up Eli Manning in NY for completed 10 of 14 passes for 110 yards and the team's only touchdown.

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Browns have some pieces to work with such as running back Duke Johnson and second-year wideout Corey Coleman.

"I'm going to think through all these scenarios, I really am", Jackson said.

Jackson is still mapping out the practice schedule to possibly give Kizer more snaps against Cleveland's starting defense to prepare him for the Giants.

In 34 games over his three years at Texas A&M, Garrett registered 141 total tackles, including 81 solo stops and 60 assists, with 31.0 quarterback sacks, seven forced fumbles, one recovery, five passes defended and one interception.

"In a sense, I do [find myself more eager to play]". "They needed to go win this game".

For those that wanted Thursday night to end with a quarterback debate, Kizer made sure that you've got one now.

"Communication, just listening to the offense and picking up on some of the keys, what they do and how I can get there quicker".