Payton clearly has an idea in mind for Peterson. Otherwise, Peterson wouldn’t have remained on the Week 1 roster, which guaranteed his $1 million base salary.
Peterson’s action may increase if the Saints get a lead or face an opponent that struggles to stop the run. Maybe it will take an injury to Ingram or Kamara for that to happen. Maybe Peterson becomes midseason trade bait for a team in need of running back help.
Or maybe the player nicknamed “All Day” decides to call it a day and begin the countdown to his eventual Pro Football Hall of Fame induction. The thought should at least cross his mind after Monday night’s embarrassment.
There’s no need to anoint Kizer as the guy — future, franchise or any other superlative — after one game. The Browns are starting their second trip through the quarterback alphabet since 1999, and Kizer, i.e. No. 27, showed enough in his debut that Cleveland should be comfortable monitoring his progress. Browns coach Hue Jackson made it clear Kizer earned the right to be in this position.
Kizer is indeed Cleveland’s guy. He recovered from a disastrous first possession that led to a third-and-23 and a blocked punt for a Steelers touchdown. Only this wasn’t the same old Browns quarterback. Kizer converted a pair of third-downs — one with a pass to Duke Johnson and another on a sneak — to set up his first career TD on a one-yard run that tied the game.
The Browns, however, wouldn’t convert another third down without the help of a penalty. Cleveland finished 3 of 12 on third down, and that’s the key for any rookie quarterback.
“He made some plays,” Jackson said. “He did some good things on third down. That Cheap Jerseys With Free Shipping is the money down for a quarterback. He just didn’t make enough plays on third down. There Cheap Jerseys Hot were some other opportunities there.”