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QB Cody Kessler - Cleveland Browns

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

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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)

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2016 CLE 9 128 195 1380 6 2 11 18 0 1
2017 PROJ-Dodds 9 140 229 * * * 17 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 5 101 165 * * * 12 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 4 50 81 * * * 9 * * *
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Latest News

Browns | Cody Kessler could be placeholder (Wed Jul 12, 10:53 AM) - Cleveland Browns QB Cody Kessler could begin the season as the starter, but he doesn't fit the mold head coach Hue Jackson likes as a starting quarterback, according to beat writer Mary Kat Cabot. Jackson likes a tall, mobile quarterback with a big arm and quick decision-making skills. Kessler falls below Jackson's 6-foot-2 threshold and doesn't have the deep-ball skills Jackson covets.

Our View: That's pretty much what Kessler is -- a bridge quarterback to the next guy. That guy could be rookie DeShone Kizer, their second-round pick out of Notre Dame this year. While Kessler is safe with the football on underneath routes, Kizer has the big arm and aggressive mindset as a passer. We could see a scenario where Kessler begins the season as the starter but Kizer takes over at some point.
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Browns | Cleveland QB battle a two-man race? (Tue Jul 11, 02:46 PM) - Cleveland Browns QBs Cody Kessler and DeShone Kizer are in an apparent two-man race for the starting quarterback position, according to Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Kessler and Kizer split first-team repetitions throughout minicamp, with QB Brock Osweiler working with the second team. Furthermore, Cabot expects head coach Hue Jackson to name a starter shortly after the preseason begins.

Our View: No surprise here. Kessler could handle the starting job for the Browns, but he's not an exciting option or a playmaker at the position. Instead, he's more of a game manager who can work the field on short/underneath routes. Kizer could be the quarterback of the future if he develops further as a passer. The rookie from Notre Dame is big, strong and athletic. However, he does 'bird dog' his throws and stares down his targets. Plus, he struggles to make quick decisions when forced off his first read. We'll see if he's improved during training camp and the preseason.
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