Kessler named starting quarterback for Browns’ OTAs

Dec 24, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Cody Kessler (6) throws a pass during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Browns won 20-17. Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Uncertainty at the quarterback position has plagued the Cleveland Browns since the days of Bernie Kosar. Last season was no different, with Robert Griffin, Cody Kessler, Josh McCown and Kevin Hogan all seeing time at the quarterback position.

Kessler attempted the most passes for the team, throwing 128. McCown clocked in second with 90 attempts, leaving Griffin with only 87. Kessler threw the most passes, so it makes sense that he ended with more passing yards than anyone else (he ended the season with 1380 yards).

In his first season, Kessler did surprise some with his accuracy. He ended the season with a quarterback rating of 92.3, far surpassing his competition last year. Pro Football Focus stacked Kessler’s adjusted completion percentage against other rookies from the past ten years, and he came in first:

The Browns drafted DeShone Kizer in the second round, and many fans have started clamoring to see the 6’4”, 233 pound Kizer in action. Coach Hue Jackson has come out and said the starting job is Kessler’s to lose, and currently Kessler is the starting quarterback heading into organized team activities.


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The question of starting quarterbacks is one of the juicier offseason topics media has to talk about, so expect this to be a discussion that permeates until the regular season.

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