Kessler will serve as the Browns' No. 2 quarterback behind DeShone Kizer during Sunday's game against the Titans, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. Kevin Hogan, who is dealing with a rib injury he sustained while starting the Week 6 loss to the Texans, is now the team's No. 3 signal caller. Kessler went 0-8 as a starter last season and was passed up on the depth chart by Hogan in training camp, but Kessler is now a Kizer injury away from another shot at helming the Cleveland offense. With that in mind, Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com notes that the 0-6 Browns will likely try to ride things out with Kizer for the rest of the season, rather than continue to shuffle the deck at quarterback.
The Browns have promoted Kevin Hogan ahead of Kessler for the backup quarterback job, Mary Kat Cabot of Cleveland.com reports. Kessler was at one point considered the favorite to start Week 1, but he now figures to be inactive. The Browns will allow DeShone Kizer to work through any struggles this season.
Kessler completed 11 of 19 passes for 144 yards and a touchdown during Thursday's preseason finale against the Bears. With the Browns choosing to rest No. 1 quarterback DeShone Kizer along with Brock Osweiler, Kessler drew the start and put up an impressive line, albeit against a defense that was deploying mostly reserve players. Kessler hit Rannell Hall for a 27-yard score in the second quarter before ultimately ceding the snaps behind center to Kevin Hogan. Kessler began training camp as the Browns' top option on the depth chart, but poor play in his prior preseason outings resulted in him falling behind Kizer and Osweiler in the pecking order.
Kessler completed six of 10 passes for 48 yards during Saturday's victory over the Buccaneers. He also rushed once for five yards. Kessler replaced DeShone Kizer in the second half of Saturday's game against the Buccaneers but failed to make a substantial impression in limited action. If Brock Osweiler remains on the team, Kessler seemingly will be third on the depth chart, despite showing flashes of adequacy in 2016. The second-year quarterback out of USC will likely see extended snaps during the team's fourth preseason game.
Kessler completed all seven of his passes for 50 yards during Monday's preseason game against the Giants. Despite a strong showing Monday, Kessler has become the forgotten man in Cleveland. He went from the expected starting quarterback to third-string duties behind DeShone Kizer and Brock Osweiler, although that would quickly change if Osweiler is dealt. Last season Kessler showed that he's capable of being an NFL starter, but another opportunity to start in Cleveland may be out of the picture.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|13||12/03||@Los Angeles Chargers||13||17.00|
|14||12/10||Green Bay Packers||10||16.33|
|3 Year Avg||65.6||1380||6||2||18||0||90|