QB Cody Kessler - Jacksonville Jaguars
|6-1, 216||Born: 5-11-1993||College: USC||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2016|
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Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24
Cody Kessler's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 16 vs MIA (12 / 17 / 106 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Cody Kessler started the game for the Jaguars. The Jaguars did score a touchdown on their opening drive (a short Fournette run), which was bailed out by a roughing the passer penalty. After some extremely poor play, he existed the game in the second quarter and replaced by Bortles. Kessler was cleared to come back in, but remained on the bench for performance reasons.
2018 Week 15 vs WAS (9 / 17 / 57 / 0 / 1 pass, 6 / 68 / 0 rush)
To nobody's surprise, Kessler does not look like a starting caliber NFL quarterback, especially with the surrounding cast Jacksonville is trotting out. He attempted only three passes over 10 yards on the day, none of them being completed. He's capable of making some plays with his legs, but that's about the only positive of note. On the flipside, he doesn't allow plays to develop at all and either auto-checksdown or feels phantom pressure and runs.
2018 Week 14 vs TEN (25 / 43 / 240 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / 17 / 0 rush)
Kessler made some good throws on the move, placed the deep ball well, and wasn't the reason the Jaguars got blown out, but he can't keep them in games like this one. Donte Moncrief failed to get two deep balls he had a good chance to bring in, but Dede Westbrook made a top skill toe tap to account for the only touchdown. Kessler showed some running ability but was also overwhelmed by blitzes more than once, and fumbled on one sack. He also missed Tommy Bohanon for a touchdown at the goal line in a turning point early in the game and wasn't able to keep momentum going in the passing game. In short, he looked like a competent backup quarterback, but nothing more. He'll only be a desperation play in Weeks 15 and 16.
2018 Week 13 vs IND (18 / 24 / 150 / 0 / 0 pass, 5 / 28 / 0 rush)
Let's be clear that Cody Kessler is not good and not the answer. However, his day is about what you'd hope for in a win and something Bortles hasn't been able to provide in months. He didn't turn the ball over and he made a few key third down conversions. The offensive line is in shambles, but he mostly didn't panic or sack himself. He used his legs effectively. 6 points is a subpar performance for an NFL offense, but it was enough to win this game. He didn't actively lose the game for them, which is what they had been getting from the quarterback position for the last two months. His third down conversion to Dede Westbrook is an example of a difficult but makeable play that they simply haven't gotten out of the quarterback position since September.
2018 Week 7 vs HOU (21 / 30 / 156 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 8 / 0 rush)
Kessler entered the game on the second drive of the 3rd quarter. He was featured with very short passes for most of the game. His ball notably lacks velocity throwing to the outside quadrants. He led a touchdown drive on his second drive of the game, a drive that featured just one called run. He protected the ball and threw quick underneath passes, and did a surprisingly good job handling pressure. His touchdown throw came from the six yardline. The Jaguars ran a quick pass/catch and throw concept from shotgun. Kessler did a good job moving off his spot when the initial look wasn't open, scrambled around, and eventually found TJ Yeldon in the endzone. It was a great redzone play and situational awareness to move off his spot when the quick read wasn't there, buy time, and make a play. He took sacks on the next two drives. On one, Clowney came as an inside blitzer and straight up beat his man. The next came on the first play of the drive. On the second, Whitney Mercilus beat the left tackle off the edge for a stripsack (recovered by Jax). A holding penalty on the next drive set them at 2nd and 20. Kessler converted after 3 short passes. The drive later ended on an interception, however, Kessler threw an underneath ball slightly off Yeldon's frame (not accurate, but not a difficult catch either) and Mathieu intercepted it off the tip drill.
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