Cody Kessler is one of the very few bright spots of this game. He proved that he is making strides by putting up respectable stats, including 336 passing yards and two touchdown passes. In fact, Kessler was so effective at the position in the first half and the fourth quarter that Cleveland only ran one play with makeshift quarterback Terrelle Pryor taking the snap. This is Pryor’s lowest total of plays as the quarterback since Kessler took over the starting job in the third week of the season.
Even more revealing than the stats on the surface as to how the rookie played is the grit and durability he showed from the very beginning to the very end of the contest. The six sacks the former USC Trojan took were not even a full representation of how many hits the quarterback took.
In this same vain, Kessler’s mobility, a trait which he is not known for, was also on display. Rolling out to the right was an every-play occurrence due to the lack of pocket protection all afternoon long. Kessler showed that he does have the ability to make throws on the run, and step into them even when he knows a crushing hit is on the way. Most of all, Kessler managed to weather an otherwise raging storm, and avoided turning the ball over in the midst of it all.