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Cody Kessler | Free Agent QB

Date of Birth:  05/11/1993
Age:  27
Height  6'1"
Weight:   215
College:  USC
Drafted:  2016 | 3rd round | 93rd overall
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Cody Kessler | Free Agent QB

The Patriots are releasing Cody Kessler, according to Ian Rapoport.

The move leaves Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer as the only quarterbacks left on New England's roster, but the Patriots might be giving Kessler a chance to sign elsewhere knowing that they will draft another signal-caller (especially considering a potentially shortened offseason would mean fewer reps for everyone). Kessler will almost certainly find a new home to compete for a roster spot this summer.

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The Patriots are re-signing Cody Kessler, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

New England is going back to three quarterbacks on the active roster, as Kessler will re-join Tom Brady and rookie Jarrett Stidham. Clearly, the Patriots are pretty high on Kessler's ability, and the former third-round pick has played well when given the opportunity in the NFL.

Cody Kessler | Free Agent QB

The Patriots are signing Cody Kessler, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Kessler spent the summer with Philadelphia and showed well in limited action, but he's been without a team until now. This could indicate that New England believes Jarrett Stidham isn't quite ready as Tom Brady's backup after a pick-six last week, and we think Kessler—who is still just 26—is one of the best backups in football.

Cody Kessler | Free Agent QB

The Eagles waived Cody Kessler.

We think Kessler can be an excellent backup, but this was kind of expected after the Eagles signed veteran quarterback Josh McCown. It'll be McCown backing up Carson Wentz to open the season, and Philadelphia will have a decision to make when Nate Sudfeld (wrist) returns. Kessler should get signed by another team very quickly if he's not claimed on waivers.

Cody Kessler | Free Agent QB

Cody Kessler is officially in concussion protocol.

Kessler left very early in tonight's preseason game against the Jaguars, and the Eagles have been down to Clayton Thorson as their lone healthy quarterback. Hopefully Kessler is feeling better soon as he looks to return to the field and compete for the backup quarterback role to open the season while Nate Sudfeld recovers from a left wrist injury.

Cody Kessler | Free Agent QB

The Eagles are signing Cody Kessler, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Philadelphia has Nate Sudfeld, rookie Clayton Thorson, and now Kessler behind starter Carson Wentz, and it figures to be an open competition for the backup quarterback job this season. The Eagles have been a good franchise for quarterbacks to develop, so this is a nice landing spot for Kessler.

Cody Kessler | Free Agent QB

The Jaguars released Cody Kessler.

Kessler appeared in five games (four starts) for the Jaguars last season, completing 64.9% of his passes with two touchdowns and two interceptions; but it was a tough situation stepping in as a backup for a team that was reeling in a disappointing season. As a rookie with the Browns in 2016, Kessler threw six touchdowns compared to two interceptions in eight starts. He can certainly be one of the league's better backup quarterbacks, and he should draw plenty of interest from other teams.

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Cody Kessler (shoulder) leaves Week 16 win, but Jaguars beat the Dolphins, 17-7.

Kessler was 12/17 for 106 yards, zero touchdowns, and zero interceptions, also adding a two-yard rush. The USC product left the game and returned before giving way to Blake Bortles. It was officially the second win of the year for Kessler, but it wouldn't be surprising to see Bortles close things out next week against Houston. If Kessler draws another start, he won't be a strong fantasy option.

Cody Kessler | Free Agent QB

Cody Kessler, Jaguars lose a defensive battle to the Redskins, 16-13.

Kessler was 9/17 for 57 yards, zero touchdowns, and one interception, also adding six carries for a team-high 68 yards. The rushing production was obviously a surprise, but Kessler deserves credit for trying to do what it takes to win despite not exactly being a dangerous runner. Unfortunately, an interception came on the final offensive drive of the game, but it was basically a punt on third-and-16 at around midfield. Kessler will look to get a victory next week against the Dolphins.

Cody Kessler | Free Agent QB

Cody Kessler plays well in Jaguars' Thursday night loss.

Kessler was 25/43 for 240 yards and one touchdown along with five carries for 17 yards and one fumble lost. The Jaguars scored just nine points in their blowout loss to the Titans, but those that actually watched the game instead of just looking at stats know Kessler played well considering the circumstances. Jacksonville had no running game against Tennessee, and Kessler was under constant pressure throughout the night. The third-year quarterback made accurate throws and gave him receivers chances to make plays, and they let him down on a few occasions including on at least a couple of deep balls. In Week 15, Kessler returns home to face the Redskins. He's not a recommended fantasy option, but it'll be interesting to see how he plays as he looks to make a case for the starting quarterback job in 2019.

Cody Kessler | Free Agent QB

Cody Kessler plays well in Jaguars' Week 13 win.

Kessler was 18/24 for 150 yards along with five carries for 28 yards in the 6-0 victory against the Colts. Kessler certainly didn't carry the offense, but he played well and avoided mistakes in a defensive battle; he also made plays with his legs to extend drives. Kessler isn't a fantasy option, but it'll be interesting to see how he plays over the final quarter of the season. He gets the Titans next on Thursdays night.

Cody Kessler | Free Agent QB

Cody Kessler is starting for the Jaguars this Sunday.

This comes on the heels of Jacksonville firing offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett. The offense just hasn't been getting it done with Blake Bortles under-center, so Doug Marrone is going with Kessler, who has played very well when given opportunities through three seasons. As a rookie in a terrible situation in Cleveland, Kessler threw six touchdowns and two interceptions in nine games while avoiding mistakes and helping keep a bad team in games. Then last season, the Browns were set on going with DeShone Kizer as the team's starter, relegating Kessler to third on the depth chart and seemingly not giving him a fair shot. Kessler played well when he entered the game and faced the Texans for a struggling Bortles in Week 7, and he has a chance to give the offense a major boost down the stretch. This could be an audition for the former USC product to potentially be the team's quarterback in 2019. Kessler isn't a recommended fantasy pickup yet, but he could give a boost to Jacksonville's skill players.

Cody Kessler | Free Agent QB

Cody Kessler gets opportunity in Week 7.

Blake Bortles was benched by the Jaguars in the third quarter, and Kessler was given an opportunity to lead a comeback against the Texans. Jacksonville couldn't stage a comeback, but Kessler played well in the loss, going 21/30 for 156 yards, one touchdown, and one interception along with two carries for eight yards. The score (the only points of the game for the Jags) was to T.J. Yeldon, who made a great one-handed catch in the end zone, on a scramble; and the interception went off the hands of Yeldon. Bortles is likely to take back the starting job in the London game against the Eagles next week, but Kessler is arguably the better option right now.

Cody Kessler | Free Agent QB

The Browns are trading quarterback Cody Kessler to the Jaguars, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

The compensation is a conditional late-round selection in 2019 for the 2016 third-rounder. Kessler gives Jacksonville one of the best backup quarterbacks in the NFL, and it's a good situation for him if he's called into action. Kessler played well as a rookie in 2016 before Hue Jackson decided to bury him on the depth chart last season, but it wouldn't be surprising if he ended up getting a shot as the Jags' starter if Blake Bortles happens to struggle this season. Bortles should have a long leash after he helped lead Jacksonville to the AFC Championship Game, but anything can happen.

Cody Kessler | Free Agent QB

Cody Kessler takes the place of ineffective DeShone Kizer in overtime loss to the Titans.

Kessler entered after one drive in the third quarter and was 10/19 for 121 yards and one interception. The second-year quarterback was able to get the Browns in field-goal range twice and tie the game at nine to send it into overtime, but they couldn't do anything when they had the ball, allowing the Titans to kick a game-winner. Kessler's interception was a fourth-down play that turned out to basically be a punt, and he unfortunately didn't have Joe Thomas protecting his blindside after he tore his triceps to miss the rest of the game (and amazingly, his first career snaps). It's anyone's guess who will start next Sunday in London against Minnesota, but Kessler probably gives the Browns their best chance to pickup a win this season. No matter who starts, the Vikings are the top D/ST in Week 8.

Cody Kessler | Free Agent QB

Cody Kessler is now the backup quarterback for the Browns.

Rookie DeShone Kizer was promoted back to the starter, and Kevin Hogan is now all the way at third string after starting last week's game. Kizer has really struggled in his five starts this season, and Kessler played well as a rookie last season. We would expect the second-year quarterback Kessler to play at some point unless Kizer at least shows some improvement.

Cody Kessler | Free Agent QB

Cody Kessler was 11/19 for 144 yards and one touchdown in the Browns' preseason finale.

The favorite for Cleveland's quarterback competition earlier in the year, Kessler got the start with recently-named starter DeShone Kizer resting. He got beat up early on behind the backup offensive line, but Kessler settled in and made some really good throws outside the numbers, including a back shoulder score in the second quarter. It would have been nice to see Kessler get a shot behind a revamped starting offensive line, but that didn't happen for whatever reason. We think he'd be a good trade target for a team potentially looking for an upgrade at quarterback or a team that has an injury at the position.

Cody Kessler | Free Agent QB

Cody Kessler was 6/10 for 48 yards on Saturday night.

Kessler came on in relief of starter DeShone Kizer, but didn't have much time to throw behind the Browns backup offensive line. Kizer struggled in his first start, but it looks like Hue Jackson wants him to be under center in Week 1, though Kessler appears to be the most polished quarterback on the roster.

Cody Kessler | Free Agent QB

Cody Kessler enters second preseason game late.

The second-year quarterback entered after Brock Osweiler and DeShone Kizer, and it doesn't appear the Browns are interested in starting him. Kessler was 7/7 for 50 yards, throwing the ball accurately and moving the offense while posting a higher yards per attempt than both Osweiler and Kizer. However, Kessler was pulled mid-series for whatever reason. Hue Jackson is set to name a starter before the Browns' third preseason game, and it appears it'll be either Osweiler or Kizer.

Cody Kessler | Free Agent QB

Cody Kessler was 5/10 for 47 yards in the Browns' preseason opener.

Kessler was given the least amount of time out of the three quarterbacks competing for the starting job, but he played well, with the highlight being a 31-yard strike to Josh Boyce down the seam. We still like Kessler better than the other quarterbacks on Cleveland's roster, but it seems like Hue Jackson wants DeShone Kizer to win the job. If he gets a chance to start against the Giants on MNF next game, Kessler needs to make the most of his opportunity.

Cody Kessler | Free Agent QB

Cody Kessler will take the first reps of Browns training camp.

Head coach Hue Jackson said Kessler "deserves a chance to walk out there first." As a rookie, Kessler played very, very well, completing 65.6% of his passes for 1,380 yards, six touchdowns, and two interceptions, so he should have the right to have the first crack with the first team. It sounds Brock Osweiler and rookie DeShone Kizer will also get first team reps, but Kessler will be the first guy up. Jackson also says he would like to have the starting quarterback named by the opening preseason game, but "won't rush it." After showing a lot during his rookie season on a bad team, Kessler is the favorite to start for the Browns this season.

Cody Kessler | Free Agent QB

Browns quarterback Cody Kessler ate the same thing every day for three months, according to Cleveland.com

The meal plan that was put together with help from the team's dietician Katy Meassick, and it was very high in protein, with almonds and peanut butter on pretzels as his two snacks. This is obviously a big show of commitment by Kessler, who has an opportunity in front of him to be the Browns' franchise quarterback. Kessler also did more work in the weight room and has lower body fat, which is leading to more zip on his passes. The Browns must be thrilled with how Kessler attacked his offseason. He is the heavy favorite to be the team's the starter for 2017.

Cody Kessler | Free Agent QB

Cody Kessler will get OTA first team reps in open quarterback competition; Hue Jackson says other quarterbacks have to "take" the job from Kessler.

Despite Brock Osweiler, DeShone Kizer, and Kevin Hogan on the roster, the Browns are showing full confidence in Kessler. He played well as a rookie last season, and he has taken a leadership role with the team. Kessler is a good bet to start for the Browns this season. He could have some fantasy value behind a very solid offensive line and with good weapons on offense.

Cody Kessler was 7/14 for 128 yards and one interception before leaving Sunday’s game with a concussion.

The 3rd round pick out of USC has taken some big shots as a rookie, and could now be shut down for the season after getting another concussion. If he is indeed done for the year, Kessler finishes his rookie campaign with a 1,369 yards, six touchdowns, and two interceptions in eight starts. He might have actually done enough to make the Browns think hard about not taking a quarterback with the likely first overall pick in next year’s draft.

Cody Kessler | Free Agent QB

Cody Kessler starts, then is benched on TNF.

Kessler was 11/18 for 91 yards and a touchdown in the first half, but was benched by Hue Jackson, and Josh McCown started the second half and finished the game. The Browns were leading 7-6 when Kessler left the game. Kessler has a 6/1 TD/INT ratio in his rookie year, along with a 66.9% completion percentage, and may actually make it so the Browns don't select a quarterback with their sure-top-two pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. The fact that he was benched is a little questionable, however.

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