The Patriots will release Kessler on Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. The Patriots are left with Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer as the only quarterbacks on their roster, setting the stage for an addition via free agency or the draft. Kessler was brutal in his previous stints with the Browns and Jaguars, and he hasn't appeared in a game since 2018. He served as the No. 3 quarterback in New England for part of last season.
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.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/27||Las Vegas Raiders||26||22.88|
|4||10/04||@Kansas City Chiefs||14||17.89|
|7||10/25||San Francisco 49ers||15||18.00|
|9||11/10||@New York Jets||17||19.13|
|13||12/06||@Los Angeles Chargers||8||15.63|
|14||12/11||@Los Angeles Rams||10||17.13|
|17||01/03||New York Jets||17||19.13|
|3 Year Avg||62.7||278||1||1||41||0||17|