BEREA,Ohio--DeShone Kizer likes what he's hearing.
The rookie from Notre Dame is soaking up the coaching from Hue Jackson and the Browns staff during the rookie minicamp.
"Just simplifying. With the frame (6-4, 233) that I have, there' a lot that can go wrong," Kizer said Saturday. "You give yourself a lot of opportunity that your'e going to get long in your arm motion or long in your legs. I have to simplify and shrink everything down. There's a bunch of ways to get to it and coach jackson has proven to be one of the best guys to do that and I'm happy to work with him and getting myself to be more consistent."
Kizer said was asked what impresses him about Jackson.
“How much he loves ball and how much he loves quarterbacks," Kizer said. "He is a guy who prides himself on developing quarterbacks and making his system for the quarterbacks. With that, I am just excited to learn as much as I can from him. To have a Head Coach who is going to be in all the quarterback meetings and be calling the plays for you, it makes an easy relationship between the quarterbacks and head coach.”
Jackson was asked after Kizer's first practice on Friday what he was looking for from Kizer.
“Consistency," Jackson said. "He is a very talented player. He is a big guy with a big arm and very bright. He has a lot of upside, but he has a lot of work to do and I think he knows that. You said it – it is just one practice. We are not going to get too high or too low. We are going to stay really consistent about what he is doing. He just has to keep working at it.”
Jackson said Kizer is listening to what the coaches are telling him.
“He is taking (coaching)," Jackson said laughing after his first practice. "He has to. He is very bright, that’s not an issue. You have to remember he was a young man playing in the shotgun probably 90 percent of the time and had not played under center and had not played really in a sophisticated pro-style offense.
"I thought he did some really good things, but you have to do it again and again and again," he said. "The consistency of playing quarterback in the National Football League at a high level is a challenge. We will see if we can get him there. (Friday was) just the first day.”