Cody Kessler is going to try and compete for a backup job behind Nick Foles in training camp this summer, but after completing two touchdown passes in four starts last fall, it'll be surprising if he even makes the roster. You shouldn't wish Kessler on even your worst enemy's Fantasy team.
Kessler could be the odd man out once roster cuts roll around this September, Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice reports. Kessler currently sits at the bottom of the totem pole in Philadelphia, where he signed a one-year contract back in May. Behind Carson Wentz, the Eagles have an established backup in Nate Sudfeld and rookie fifth-round pick Clayton Thorson. However, if Kessler can put together an impressive campaign during training camp, there's no telling how many quarterbacks the Eagles would opt to keep on the 53-man roster, especially given Wentz's injury history.
Kessler is expected to sign with the Eagles on Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Kessler will be one of five passers making up the Eagles' quarterback room. Although the USC product was released Thursday and spent all of two days as a free agent, Kessler is likely just serving as competition -- or simply a veteran presence -- for one of the backup roles in Philadelphia. Kessler's most recent action came last season when he started for Jacksonville in Weeks 13-16, completing 64 of 101 passes (63.4 percent) for just 553 yards (5.5 YPA), one touchdown and one interception.
Kessler was released by the Jaguars on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Jacksonville sent a late-round draft pick to acquire Kessler from Cleveland last summer, but the USC product was arguably the worst quarterback in the league during his four starts over Blake Bortles from Week 13 to Week 17. While the 26-year-old, who's entering his fourth pro season, could still have a market for his services, no team is likely to bring him in to compete for a starting job.
Kessler completed 64.9 percent of his passes for 709 yards (5.4 per attempt) with two touchdowns and two interceptions over five games in 2018. Kessler took over at quarterback for the benched Blake Bortles and started four games, contests in which the Jaguars scored only two offensive touchdowns before Bortles reclaimed starting duties for the season finale. Kessler was acquired from Cleveland in March and had no real competition for the backup quarterback job, which even at the time was a curious decision. Both Bortles and Kessler and under contract for 2019, but the Jaguars are unlikely to remain static at the position following the offensive disaster in 2018.
Blake Bortles will replace Kessler as the Jaguars' starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Texans. Despite throwing just two interceptions on 131 pass attempts, Kessler has arguably been the worst quarterback in the league this season, producing 5.4 yards per attempt while taking 22 sacks and losing three fumbles. The Jaguars scored 45 points in his four starts, dropping off by 6.7 points per game from their average with Bortles under center. The team likely will focus on external options in the offseason, as it's evident neither Bortles nor Kessler is the long-term answer at the position.
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|4||09/27||@Green Bay Packers||22||21.25|
|5||10/06||New York Jets||27||22.38|
|11||11/17||New England Patriots||18||19.95|
|14||12/10||New York Giants||13||18.75|
|17||12/29||@New York Giants||13||18.75|
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