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Raiders sign DeShone Kizer to practice squad

The former Notre Dame QB is sticking around the NFL, hoping for another opportunity

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The Las Vegas Raiders have brought back DeShone Kizer. The former 52nd overall pick by the Cleveland Browns in 2017, the same draft that gave the NFL Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson, was signed by the Raiders to be on the practice squad to open 2020. This is the latest in a number of moves around the league to keep a veteran emergency QB on the practice squad thanks to the new rules that allow players with any amount of service time.

Kizer had one of the shortest runs of any second round QB with one team, starting 15 games as a rookie for Cleveland in 2017 and posting a perfect record of 0-15. He led the NFL with 22 interceptions that season and was let go by the Browns in 2018. He appeared in three games for the Green Bay Packers that year, throwing two interceptions. Kizer was signed by the Raiders last season but did not appear in any games and was released in May.

Kizer had a tryout with the Tennessee Titans last month but did not sign. He’s had no training camp experience this year but has been around several teams and will get time to acclimate on the practice squad. However, his experience with Jon Gruden and this particular team last year means he has less to catch up on than any other veteran option.