Cleveland Browns: Which offensive rookies will make the team?
By Joel W. Cade
Cody Kessler was drafted toward the end of the third round. His pick was a surprise to many. But Hue Jackson has advised fans to trust him on this pick. Kessler’s major strength is his pinpoint accuracy and ability to lead an offense while avoiding turnovers. However, he tends to hesitate and throws to his check down receivers too quickly. He will need to take risks downfield to succeed in the NFL.
Cody Kessler fits Hue Jackson’s offensive system perfectly. Hue Jackson runs a West Coast-based offense, putting the quarterback in the shotgun formation. Kessler’s accuracy is essential for the short timing routes of the offense. His ability to read defenses and put the Browns in the correct play at the line of scrimmage will be key. Lucky for Kessler, the Browns will be running an offense similar to the one he ran at USC. This should give him an advantage heading into any potential training camp battles.
The quarterback room is full in Cleveland. With Robert Griffin III and Josh McCown, the starter and primary backup roles seem set. Kessler will need a good camp to unseat McCown as the number two quarterback. The question will be if he can improve enough to allow the Browns to part with McCown.
Verdict: Kessler makes the team as a developmental project. This is a redshirt year for Kessler. He will compete for the starting job next season.
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