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 will start Thursday's preseason game at Chicago, Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reports.
The Browns have settled on rookie DeShone Kizer as the Week 1 (an beyond) starter, while Brock Osweiler will remain on the sidelined for a second contest in a row. As a result, Kessler will get the nod under center and be followed by Kevin Hogan. In his three other exhibitions, Kessler completed 18 of 27 passes for 145 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions.
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 likely will 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.
|3||9/24/17||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|6||10/15/17||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|10||11/12/17||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|12||11/26/17||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|13||12/3/17||@ LAC||4:05 pm|
|16||12/24/17||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ PIT||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|