"I'm sure I drafted him in fantasy leagues", Cleveland's rookie quarterback said.
They left the distinct feeling and impression that the Browns and their fans had good reason to believe these two would be key pieces of the foundation, and better reason to be excited about seeing them on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
"Being able to run with him just shows everybody else that I'm ready to run". Kizer may have a lot to learn as a pro, but he knows he doesn't have to take on Roethlisberger by himself. "We will keep it within the family, move forward and we will work on winning". Still, I'm looking for competitiveness.
Head coach Hue Jackson said he expected the 21-year-old to rise to the challenge.
If eventually we go a week without a rookie quarterback in a starting role, this rookie quarterback group will unfortunately have something in common with the class of 2007. "I don't want to paint that kind of picture for him". He knows how the injury happened and emphasized it could happen to anyone.
NB: Joe Haden is a totally different player in Pittsburgh.
Ben ready to take on Cleveland to open regular season
"He is a guy who doesn't go down easily", Kizer said. "I will let you guys kick that nonsense around". I'm going to do the same. Ironically, Garrett will miss Sunday's home opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers because of a high-ankle sprain suffered Wednesday during practice. On Friday Williams sounded like he's the only one not anxious about the loss of Garrett for a few weeks. The only change up is James Conner replacing DeAngelo Williams as Bell's back up and the addition of JuJu Smith-Schuster to the wide receiver corps.
HADEN'S BACK: For Joe Haden, today's game is a homecoming he could have never imagined. He gashed them for 152 yards the last time these teams faced on New Year's Day and he averaged 4.8 yards per carry last season. They've upgraded this whole unit, but really need a standout season from last year's first round pick Corey Coleman.
"Absolutely, I do. Now you've got to back it up", he said. Meanwhile, Mike Tomlin and the Steelers are "all in on 2017".
Burfict has been a key playmaker on Marvin Lewis' defense with 582 tackles, seven sacks, five interceptions, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries in his first five seasons.
The rookie defensive end injured his right ankle in practice September 7 and could not finish, Browns coach Hue Jackson revealed when practice ended. On the flip side, the Browns might give receiver Sammie Coates a chance to shine against his former team.
The Steelers are 12-2 against the Browns this decade, but there's a little added a spice for 2017. Both losses came in Cleveland. Only eight QBs have reached 50-game plateau.