After committing to Kizer for the rest of the season, Jackson wants his rookie QB to be more consistent.
“As the quarterback, regardless of how the game starts, you just have to be consistent, and you have to be who you are because the team kind of feeds off of you,” Jackson said. “I think he gets it. It’s a conversation we have had. I don’t think he’s doing it intentionally. I just think those things happen. There’s no question when you have success early, everything feels good. When you don’t, you’re not sure how things are going.
“But that’s when you really have to push through and have that focus about, ‘I’m going to do everything I can to get it going my way by making the plays that I need to make.’ It’s a lesson learned. All of the things that we’re talking about are little lessons for him week in and week out. There have been so many throughout this year that hopefully the growth will keep coming, and he’ll keep learning from these things.”
Kizer has had plenty of down moments this season—getting benched in games and losing his starting job to a now regularly inactive Kevin Hogan—but he's also had some ups. From a fantasy perspective, he's produced a few starting-quality performances and his four rushing touchdowns is tied for second-most in the league.
This week he faces the Bengals—the first team he gets to play against for the second time—so it will intriguing to see if he learned anything from their first meeting. The matchup is decent for Kizer, and if you're desperate for starting help in a 2QB/Superflex league his rushing abilities may bail you out, but he's only our 31st-ranked QB.