Cody Kessler set to become 26th starting QB since 1999
Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Cody Kessler is going to start Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Can we just all go back to the first quarter of Sunday’s game? Everything seemed so simple then.
The Cleveland Browns entered this week following another loss on the field, but a more crushing blow comes in the form of a tweet from ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
So there you have it. The Browns will open Week 3 with a third starting quarterback this season, moving through the depth chart at an alarming rate. Cody Kessler is the only quarterback left on the active roster, with rookie Kevin Hogan still on the practice squad and Terrelle Pryor serving as the emergency quarterback.
The Browns better be hitting the phone lines today, searching for someone who is willing to sign up for the job of likely being a starting quarterback in a week or two, based on the rate at which the team is currently going through the bunch.
The support from the organization and fans alike will be there for Kessler this Sunday, but one has to wonder just how well he will do after being rushed into action like this. His only action in a game-like situation in the NFL came during the preseason, when his biggest highlight was running out of the end zone for a safety.
He should fare better playing with the first-team offense, but that means he is going up against a first-team defense as well.
The expectations for the rookie must be low heading into Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins. He is a young quarterback who never expected to play this year, and will be on the field, on the road, in only the third week of the season. Any success from him must be appreciated as he is in an unimaginably tough situation.
The bigger story is that Kessler will be the 26th starting quarterback for the Browns since 1999, and the second name to be added to the list in 2016 alone. I’m no math expert, but that doesn’t seem too good.
It is a shame Josh McCown cannot go back out there after showing so much heart in Sunday’s loss, but he needs to get healthy before he takes the field in a season where winning is not a main priority. He tried to do all he could to protect Kessler from being put on the field in Sunday’s game, but he is only human. Now we must all hope the rookie is ready for what lies ahead.