DeShone Kizer

DeShone Kizer

Quarterback #7
Team: Tennessee Titans
Ht / Wt:6'4" / 233 lb.
College:Notre Dame
Age:25
Born:January 3, 1996
Drafted:2017 / Rd. 2 (52)
Draft Team:CLE

DeShone Kizer: Inks future contract with Titans

Kizer signed a reserve/future contract with the Titans on Monday, Jim Wyatt of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Kizer was cut from the Raiders' practice squad in September and eventually latched on with the Titans' practice roster in late November. The 25-year-old quarterback never was called up for any game action, and he hasn't played since logging three games with the Packers back in 2018. In those contests, Kizer completed 20 of 42 passes for 187 yards (4.5 YPA), no touchdowns and two interceptions. The 2017 second-round pick will battle to be Ryan Tannehill's backup next season.

January 11, 2021 2:16 PM EST

DeShone Kizer: Lands on practice squad

The Titans signed Kizer to the practice squad Tuesday, Jim Wyatt of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Kizer visited Chicago and Tennessee last week and ultimately chose the latter. The 2017 second-round pick last played in 2018 for the Packers, when he completed 20 of 42 passes for 187 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions over three games. With the playoffs in sight, Kizer is the Titans' No. 3 quarterback behind Ryan Tannehill and Logan Woodside.

November 24, 2020 4:28 PM EST

DeShone Kizer: Joins Chicago's practice squad

Kizer has officially signed with the Bears practice squad, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: This move comes on the Bears' bye week, as they are looking for more quarterback depth in their organization. Both Nick Foles (hip) and Mitchell Trubisky (shoulder) are dealing with nagging injuries. The Notre Dame product will now join fellow quarterback Tyler Bray on the practice squad. He has not seen any regular-season action since he was with the Packers in 2018.

November 21, 2020 7:35 AM EST

DeShone Kizer: Scheduled for visit with Bears

The Bears are scheduled to host Kizer for a tryout, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The Bears are currently on bye and in need of quarterback depth, with both Nick Foles (hip) and Mitchell Trubisky (shoulder) looking uncertain for Week 12. The team also has Tyler Bray on the practice squad. Kizer hasn't seen regular-season action since he was with the Packers in 2018, but he recently spent time with the Raiders prior to being cut in September.

November 18, 2020 3:19 PM EST

DeShone Kizer: Let go by Raiders

Kizer was cut by Las Vegas on Wednesday, per the NFL's official transaction report.

Analysis: Kizer earned a shot back with the Raiders on the practice squad after he was waived by the club in May. The 24-year-old hasn't played since 2018, when he was with the Packers when he completed 20 of 42 passes for 187 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions. Kizer has struggled to work himself back into the league, however, he'll be able to sign with any team to kick start his career back.

September 30, 2020 3:54 PM EST

DeShone Kizer: Finds practice-squad role

The Raiders signed Kizer to the practice squad Monday, Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Analysis: Kizer was cut by the Raiders back in May and didn't work with them through training camp, but he'll serve as additional depth for the team's quarterback room. The 24-year-old hasn't played since 2018 when he was with the Packers when he completed 20 of 42 passes for 187 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions. The 2017 second-round pick has struggled to establish himself in the league, but this will be an opportunity to learn from head coach Jon Gruden as he looks to restart his career.

September 7, 2020 11:11 AM EST

DeShone Kizer: Cut by Las Vegas

The Raiders waived Kizer on Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The Las Vegas quarterback room became more crowded this offseason by the addition of Marcus Mariota and the decision to tender a contract to Nathan Peterman (elbow), rendering Kizer an expendable piece. Since serving as a 15-game starter for the 0-16 Browns in 2017, Kizer has appeared in three contests the past two years, with all coming as a member of the Packers in 2018.

May 5, 2020 1:51 PM EST

DeShone Kizer: No game appearances

Kizer was active for four games but didn't play a snap during the 2019 season.

Analysis: The 24-year-old served as the team's No. 3 quarterback and was a healthy scratch through the first 12 games of the season, but he supplanted Mike Glennon for the backup job down the stretch. The increased role indicates Kizer was making a solid impression at practice, but he never ended up seeing the field with starter Derek Carr remaining healthy. Kizer is heading into the final year of his rookie deal in 2020, and he should have the upper hand over any newcomers in retaining the backup job entering training camp.

January 28, 2020 2:17 PM EST

DeShone Kizer: Jumps to No. 2 role

Kizer has supplanted Mike Glennon as the No. 2 quarterback on Oakland's roster Thursday, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Kizer has been a healthy scratch for the Raiders all season, but he stands to be active against Tennessee on Sunday as the top backup to Derek Carr. As a result, Mike Glennon will likely serve as the team's reserve option going forward.

December 5, 2019 11:40 AM EST

DeShone Kizer: Healthy scratch Monday

Kizer (coach's decision) is inactive for Monday's game against the Broncos.

Analysis: Kizer joined the Raiders on Sept. 1, but will have to wait at least another week to don the silver and black. With the Notre Dame product sitting Monday, Mike Glennon will be tasked with backing up Derek Carr.

September 9, 2019 5:56 PM EST

DeShone Kizer: Set to don black and silver

The Raiders claimed Kizer off waivers Sunday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Kizer was cut by the Packers after he failed to win the backup job, but found a team quickly Sunday. It will be an interesting dynamic in Oakland with four quarterbacks currently on the roster. One or two of Kizer, Nathan Peterman and Mike Glennon will surely be sent packing before Monday's regular season game.

September 1, 2019 9:58 AM EST

DeShone Kizer: Sent packing by Pack

The Packers waived Kizer on Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: With this move, the Packers seemingly have decided to roll with Tim Boyle as Aaron Rodgers' primary backup.

August 31, 2019 11:49 AM EST

DeShone Kizer: Mixed results to close preseason

Kizer completed eight of 15 passes for 77 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Thursday night's 27-20 preseason win over the Chiefs. He also rushed once for 13 yards.

Analysis: Kizer entered the game after Tim Boyle led the Packers' first three offensive drives, finishing 3-of-6 for 18 yards and a touchdown. On Kizer's first series, he was intercepted at Green Bay's own 17-yard line, but he rallied with a 12-play, 81-yard drive immediately afterward, culminating with a one-yard touchdown toss to backup tight end Evan Baylis with three seconds left in the second quarter. Although it was a mixed performance from Kizer, who again didn't get consistent protection from his offensive line, he'll still hope he did enough this preseason to retain his second-string gig behind Aaron Rodgers. However, whether he or Boyle wins that job remains to be seen.

August 29, 2019 9:56 PM EST

DeShone Kizer: Ineffective in third preseason game

Kizer completed 4 of 7 passes for 24 yards and ran once for six yards in Thursday's preseason loss to the Raiders. He did not throw any touchdowns and was intercepted once.

Analysis: Kizer started the Packers' first two exhibition games, but fellow reserve quarterback Tim Boyle got that chance Thursday. Boyle played the entire first half and fared well, leading the Packers on three consecutive drives in the second quarter. Kizer, on the other hand, did not, failing to put any points on the board while turning the ball over once and taking three sacks. Boyle, as the first quarterback in, clearly had the opportunity to take the field with players higher on the depth chart; but the Packers held out nearly all their key players due to field conditions, so it wasn't a major difference. Kizer was seemingly the favorite to earn the backup job behind Aaron Rodgers heading into Thursday's contest, but the competition now seems wide open with one preseason game to go.

August 23, 2019 8:59 AM EST

DeShone Kizer: Average in second exhibition game

Kizer started Thursday's preseason game against the Ravens and completed 5-of-10 passes for 70 yards. He did not account for any touchdowns nor turn the ball over.

Analysis: Aaron Rodgers was expected to start under center Thursday, but he was a late scratch with a sore back, which allowed Kizer start for the second week in a row. Kizer got a chance to play with the rest of the first team this time around after most of the Packers' starters sat out the exhibition opener, but he only played two drives -- one ended on a turnover on downs, one on a field goal -- so it was tough to take too much away from the outing. Kizer remains the favorite to open the season with the backup spot behind Rodgers, but fellow quarterback Tim Boyle -- or possibly even someone not currently on the roster -- could still come away with the job.

August 16, 2019 9:13 AM EST

DeShone Kizer: Decent in preseason opener

Kizer completed 8 of 13 passes for 102 yards and a touchdown in Thursday night's 28-26 preseason win over the Texans.

Analysis: Kizer started with Aaron Rodgers resting, and although his first three drives resulted in punts, he was able to find Darrius Shepherd for a 14-yard touchdown to begin the second quarter. He was replaced by Tim Boyle after halftime, and although two of Boyle's three completions on five attempts were touchdowns, Kizer still fared relatively well for himself as he aims to stave off competition to remain Rodgers' backup this season.

August 8, 2019 9:19 PM EST

DeShone Kizer: Drawing poor offseason reviews

Kizer did not perform well in spring workouts, Mark Feldmann of the Journal Times reports.

Analysis: Neither did Tim Boyle, reportedly, which is not good news for a Packers organization that has seen Aaron Rodgers fall to injury each of the past two seasons -- especially during a pad-less time in the offseason in which skill players are typically overhyped. There's plenty of time for both guys to turn things around in training camp, but it's also possible that Green Bay somehow acquires a more serviceable option ahead of the regular season.

June 26, 2019 9:05 AM EST

DeShone Kizer: Continues to be turnover machine

Kizer completed 16 of 35 attempts, throwing for 132 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception during Sunday's 31-0 loss to Detroit. He also added four rushes for 40 yards on the afternoon.

Analysis: Kizer has demonstrated raw arm talent and glimpses of brilliance as a rusher from time to time, but his first two years in the NFL have been a supreme disappointment overall. Having entered the league as a second-round draft choice of Cleveland in 2017, the Notre Dame product has proceeded to complete fewer than 54 percent of his attempts, while owning an abysmal 11:24 TD:INT ratio for his career. Kizer's roster spot in Green Bay remains very much unguaranteed heading into 2019, as his ability to contribute as a reliable backup to Aaron Rodgers remains very much in question with this latest dud against Detroit's top-10 pass defense.

December 30, 2018 2:07 PM EST

DeShone Kizer: Kneels out victory

Kizer took a knee on the final play of Sunday's victory over the Bears and finished with one rushing attempt for negative-one yards.

Analysis: Kizer took the field for the first time since Week 1, but his appearance was purely ceremonial, as Sunday's game had already been decided when he entered. He continues to operate as the Packers' backup quarterback behind starter Aaron Rodgers.

December 10, 2018 8:31 AM EST

DeShone Kizer: Struggles with turnovers in relief

Kizer completed 4-of-7 passes for 55 yards while temporarily filling in for an injured Aaron Rodgers in Sunday's victory over the Bears. Kizer did not toss a touchdown but did throw an interception and lost a fumble as well.

Analysis: Kizer held his own immediately after entering the game, marching the Packers down the field into scoring position. However, a careless fumble -- while influenced by pressure from Khalil Mack -- cost the Packers any points, and his interception on the next drive that Mack took to the house gave the Bears a 17-point lead heading into halftime. Kizer has now seen action in 16 NFL games, but mistakes are still clearly an issue. Still, if Rodgers misses any further action, the Packers will have to sink or swim with Kizer.

September 10, 2018 8:03 AM EST

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