Hue Jackson didn’t flinch when asked who his starting quarterback would be on Sunday.
“Cody [Kessler] practiced full, looked good, I think he’s ready to go,” the Cleveland Browns head coach told the media via ClevelandBrowns.com.
The rookie took a shot to the chest and had to leave the Browns’ loss to the New England Patriots last Sunday. Kessler did not return to the game. He began his career listed as the Browns third-string quarterback, but injuries to Robert Griffin III and Josh McCown forced him into a starting role. In three games, Kessler has thrown for 529 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception. Jackson is very happy with his progress.
“I just think he’s getting better he’s understanding our system, how to play within our system,” Jackson told the media. “Where to deliver the ball to. I think he’s starting to play in a rhythm that runs our offense in a rhythm that works for him.”
The future for the Browns has become the present. It sounds like the role is his to lose.
However, former quarterback Terrelle Pryor emerging as a top receiving talent has made the transition much easier. He has hauled in 24 passes for 338 yards and a touchdown. With no Josh Gordon, Kessler lucked out with this surprisingly successful position switch.