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DeShone Kizer sees beyond Packers backup role

Although his first two years at the NFL may indicate a profession already down for the count, Green Bay Packers quarterback DeShone Kizer wants to make it clear that nobody must count him out.
The 23-year-old QB is preparing to start his second season with the Packers after being traded from the Cleveland Browns last March. Staying in this league is a privilege no player can take for granted and, as he enters Year 3, Kizer recently expressed that he is feeling the heat more than ever before.
“Today, it is about ensuring every time I step on that field that I’m giving 100-percent effort. There is no complacency,” Kizer informed Jim Owczarski of USA Today’s Packers News. “There’s no’next year’ anymore. You grow up within sports actually focusing in on development and understanding there’s a deadline that’s set up, so you don’t necessarily put as much pressure on yourself to get things done immediately.
“Well, that deadline is beginning to shrink for me in the sense which the lifespan of an average NFL athlete is just three decades. This is year three to me. I have gone out there, I’ve set stuff on tape and now it is all about making certain that from here on out everything I put on tape really reflects who I know I could be.”
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For this point, Kizer’s movie will reveal flashes of possible mixed together with all the woes displayed by many young QBs before him. In his lone season with the Browns, Kizer was the man on a group that became only the next group in NFL history to go 0-16.
Kizer started 15 games that season — the one DNP came through a benching in Week 6 — and listed 11 touchdowns, 2,894 passing yards and a league-high 22 interceptions. In three game looks with Green Bay, he went 20 of 42 for 187 yards and two selections.
Fast forward to 2019, Kizer is ready to change his public perception. As Aaron Rodgers’ understudy, Kizer’s aims may seem lofty however, the Notre Dame product has said he’s ready to spend the work.
“Personnel, particularly in this organization, is strictly upstairs. And I do not get the job done upstairs. My office is downstairs. Therefore, my mentality is about me. I have all of the confidence in the world that when I’m playing my best ball there’s no one that will stop me,” he shared. “For me to compare myself into a different backup quarterback who’s in or a tryout man who comes in would be dumb of me in the feeling that I’d be restricting myself because I really don’t see myself as a career backup in this league.
“I don’t see myself as Aaron Rodgers’ backup for the last era of his career. I see myself as a Super Bowl MVP. That is the goal that I want to head toward. That . Therefore, if I am competing and focused on the backup competition, then once more, I’m limiting myself.”
Getting from under Rodgers’ highly touted shadow won’t be simple but Kizer will have a chance to continue learning from one of the game’s greatest in hopes of one day getting another starting spot.
His career thus far has lacked consistency — he’ll be playing under his fourth head coach in three seasons this season — but he’s not letting him. Kizer believes focus and his assurance will distinguish him.
“I truly believe that I am on an upward trajectory. I’m playing the best soccer I have ever playedwith. I am turning the ball over as much anymore. I’m seeing the match,” he explained. “I’m learning so much from Aaron. I’m learning so much from the systems that I’ve been in that I really think that at any point in time since we speak, if I could continue to stay on the path which I’m on right now, I can get back to the path that I believed that I was on as a rookie starting in this league.”

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