Cleveland Browns second-year head coach Hue Jackson has officially named Kevin Hogan the team’s starting quarterback for Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans.
Hogan replaced rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer at halftime during this past weekend’s loss to the New York Jets and will make his first NFL career start in Week 6.
“I’ve made the decision to start Kevin this week,” Jackson said, via Cleveland’s team website. “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.”
Hogan led the Browns on two touchdown drives in the second half of the team’s 17-14 loss and completed 16-of-19 passes for 194 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
The Kansas City Chiefs selected the 6-foot-3, 218-pound quarterback out of Stanford in the fifth-round but released him following his rookie preseason. Hogan then signed with Cleveland’s practice squad and has now worked his way up to the team’s first-string quarterback.
“I am very confident. I am a very confident person. If you do your job in preparation and leading up to the game, then you do not let things surprise you,” Hogan said. “I am big with visualization. I play the game before the game starts. That is something that I have been doing since back in college. Last year, I got to play a little bit, but I did not really understand the system. I was still kind of learning. Then having gone through the offseason and camp, I really feel like I am learning the system the way that coach wants it to be run.”
In seven games, Hogan has completed 40-of-64 passes for 481 yards and has thrown three touchdowns to four interceptions, but all three of his touchdown passes have come this season. Hogan has also accounted for 140 rushing yards and a score on the ground and will look to lead Cleveland to their first win of the season on Sunday.
“It’s another opportunity to go out there and play some ball, which I love,” Hogan said, via Cleveland’s team website. “I played a lot of games in college, and when I was out there the other day it felt like I was in college again. So, I’m looking forward to the opportunity. I’m going to prepare my butt off for the guys around me and make sure they have confidence in me and trust me to lead them so that I’m feeling good going into Sunday.”