Eagles to add veteran Cody Kessler to the quarterback room
12 May 2019 Eagles News
According to NFL Networks Ian Rapoport, the Philadelphia Eagles will sign quarterback Cody Kessler tomorrow. Kessler is a three-year vet in the NFL. He was originally drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the third round at pick 93 of the 2016 NFL Draft. Since coming into the league, Kessler has starter in 12 total games. As an 8 game starter for Cleveland, Kessler threw for 1,380 yards and 6 touchdowns. His best game came against the Tennessee Titans where he threw for 335 yards and 2 touchdowns on 26-41 pass attempts.
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Kessler spent two in Cleveland before being traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars. While in Jacksonville, Kessler was primarily a back up to starting quarterback Blake Bortles, but did find himself starting in four games. In those four starts, Kessler threw for 709 yards and 2 touchdowns. Kessler was released last Thursday and apparently has already found a new home.
Since the departure of Super Bowl 52 MVP Nick Foles, not just Eagles fans, but fans of the NFL have been intrigued by who would take his place as the back up Pro-Bowl quarterback Carson Wentz. There are two main reasons for this. Primarily, well ran organizations know how important the role of the back-up quarterback is. Back-ups can relay what they are seeing on the side-lines to the starter who did not have that point of view of the same play. Most importantly, you want a solid guy to step in if the opportunity presented itself. Secondly, people have labeled Carson as “injury-prone” and they are just waiting for the moment someone has to step in.
Here is my take on the signing. Cody Kessler was as productive as you could ask for in his tenure at USC. Kessler showcased touch and accuracy in his throws. He was a three-year starter and played in high profile games. The Eagles now have four quarterbacks who will battle it out to be the back-up. Adding a three-year vet who you have seen in person or on tape is a big win. He will be able to give the defenses different looks and provide them with priceless insight. Bringing in high character and low floor yet high ceiling players just breeds healthy and productive competition. The Eagles roster is stacked. We are ready to get things rolling and Carson is going to light things up. Whether Kessler makes the final 53 or not, you cannot go wrong with adding a great mind and high character player into your locker room.