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QB Cody Kessler - Cleveland Browns

6-1, 216Born: 5-11-1993College: USCDrafted: Round 3

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Summary

Every Cleveland quarterback suffered injuries throughout the year, and Kessler was no exception. He had multiple concussions and a chest injury. Kessler is in a unique position where he's not a clear favorite to win the starting job, but is probably the favorite to play the most among the team's quarterbacks. Brock Osweiler will be in the mix to start the season, and rookie DeShone Kizer is too raw to play right away, making Kessler the ideal "adequate placeholder." (May 13)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Redraft - 32, 30, 30, 30, 31, 31, 31, 31, 31, 32, 32, 32, 32, 32, 33, 33, 33, 33, 34, 34, 34, 35
QB Dynasty - 37, 33, 34, 34, 37, 37, 37, 42, 50

Stats and Projections

YEARGCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
2016 CLE 9 128 195 1380 6 2 11 18 0 1
2017 PROJ-Dodds 9 148 241 * * * 19 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 8 130 210 * * * 12 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 10 185 300 * * * 10 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 8 182 288 * * * 31 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 249
QB: 34

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Latest News

Browns | Cody Kessler has stronger arm (Fri May 26, 09:20 AM) - Cleveland Browns QB Cody Kessler increased his arm strength this offseason and said the added strength will allow him to be more aggressive. 'Being able to push the ball down the field and having that confidence and knowing that you can get it there and put a little more on it is something that definitely helps you,' Kessler said.

Our View: Kessler's lack of arm strength was a real negative coming out of USC last year. He's efficient and accurate on underneath routes, but he needs to show that he can hit the long stuff too. Having a stronger arm and improved velocity could help set him apart in the Browns QB competition.
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Browns | Cody Kessler to get first snaps (Sat May 13, 05:16 PM) - Cleveland Browns QB Cody Kessler will receive the first snaps during drills this offseason because he has earned the right, according to head coach Hue Jackson.

Our View: Zero surprise here. Kessler should be considered the favorite to start for the Browns...at least at the beginning of the regular season. He'll compete with Brock Osweiler, while the Browns keep Osweiler that is. DeShone Kizer was drafted in the second round of the 2017 NFL draft, and he could be the team's future at the position. The speed of his development will likely determine how long Kessler has as 'the man' under center.
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2017 Schedule

1vs Pittsburgh Steelers
2@ Baltimore Ravens
3@ Indianapolis Colts
4vs Cincinnati Bengals
5vs New York Jets
6@ Houston Texans
7vs Tennessee Titans
8vs Minnesota Vikings
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10@ Detroit Lions
11vs Jacksonville Jaguars
12@ Cincinnati Bengals
13@ Los Angeles Chargers
14vs Green Bay Packers
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16@ Chicago Bears
17@ Pittsburgh Steelers