Kessler agreed to a contract with the Patriots on Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Per the report, Kessler stayed in the New England area since being released by the team earlier this month. He'll now rejoin the Patriots to add a layer of depth and experience at quarterback behind Tom Brady.
Kessler was waived by the Patriots on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Kessler signed with the Pats in the latter stages of September to provide additional quarterback depth, but the team now feels good enough to roll with just Tom Brady and Jarrett Stidham. Kessler signed with the Eagles in May shortly after being let go by the Jaguars, but he didn't make the team's initial 53-man roster.
Kessler signed with the Patriots on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Tom Brady and his backup Jarrett Stidham aren't dealing with any apparent injuries, so it's unclear why the Patriots brought Kessler aboard. There's no reason to question the method to Bill Belichick's madness, however, as Kessler is a decent backup. He has played in 17 career games between the Browns and Jaguars, completing 64.1 percent of his passes for 2,215 yards (6.3 YPA), eight touchdowns and five interceptions.
The Patriots are expected to sign Kessler to a contract Wednesday, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports. He'll give the Patriots some added quarterback depth behind Tom Brady, joining rookie Jarrett Stidham in the team's backup mix. Per Reiss, having another signal-caller around could come in handy if Brady -- who was limited in practice last Wednesday and Thursday before working fully Friday -- takes any days off in the coming weeks.
Philadelphia waived Kessler on Friday, Tim McManus of ESPN.com reports. Kessler got the start in Philadelphia's third preseason matchup over Josh McCown but was ultimately outplayed by the veteran, who threw for 192 yards and two touchdowns compared to Kessler's 34 yards. It appears that the Eagles have elected to go with McCown, Nate Sudfeld (wrist) and Clayton Thorson -- barring his release prior to the Saturday deadline -- to back up Carson Wentz this season.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|7||10/24||New York Jets||4||16.00|
|8||10/31||@Los Angeles Chargers||6||17.33|
|3 Year Avg||63.6||236||1||1||41||0||15|