Cody Kessler
Cody Kessler
25-Year-Old QuarterbackQB
Jacksonville Jaguars
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Before being traded from the Browns to the Jaguars this offseason, Kessler played in 12 games over two seasons in Cleveland. A 2016 third-round pick out of USC, he had a respectable 7.1 yards per attempt with six touchdowns and two interceptions as a low-volume passer, but went winless in eight starts during his rookie season. Kessler appeared in only three games for the Browns in 2017, and was buried on the depth chart throughout the season. The 25-year-old will have a much more defined role in Jacksonville as Blake Bortles' backup, with the only other quarterback currently on the roster being 2018 sixth-round pick Tanner Lee. Kessler remains a relatively unproven commodity to serve as the team's only real option at backup quarterback, as the Jaguars are clearly expecting Bortles -- fresh off a new contract extension -- to serve as signal caller for the near future. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $3.39 million contract with the Browns in June of 2016. Traded to the Jaguars in March of 2018.
Rough 2018 season
QBJacksonville Jaguars
January 20, 2019
Kessler completed 64.9 percent of his passes for 709 yards (5.4 per attempt) with two touchdowns and two interceptions over five games in 2018.
ANALYSIS
Kessler took over at quarterback for the benched Blake Bortles and started four games, contests in which the Jaguars scored only two offensive touchdowns before Bortles reclaimed starting duties for the season finale. Kessler was acquired from Cleveland in March and had no real competition for the backup quarterback job, which even at the time was a curious decision. Both Bortles and Kessler are under contract for 2019, but the Jaguars are unlikely to remain static at the position following the offensive disaster in 2018.
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How do Cody Kessler's 2018 advanced stats compare to other quarterbacks?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Bad Pass %
    The percentage of passes that were considered to be poorly thrown.
  • Avg Target Depth
    The average number of yards thrown per pass by the quarterback – including incomplete passes.
  • Sack Rate
    The percentage of dropbacks where the quartback was sacked. The longer the bar below, the more often they are sacked relative to other QBs.
  • Avg Receiver YAC
    The average number of yards after the catch that receivers gained on passes thrown by this quarterback.
  • Receiver Drop %
    The percentage of passes dropped by receivers on passes thrown by this quarterback. The longer the bar, the more sure-handed his receivers have been.
Bad Pass %
13.0%
 
Avg Target Depth
6.2 Yds
 
Sack Rate
14.4%
 
Avg Receiver YAC
4.2 Yds
 
Receiver Drop %
5.3%
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Cody Kessler's measurables compare to other quarterbacks?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 1"
 
Weight
215 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.89 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.00 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.32 sec
 
Vertical Jump
29.5 in
 
Broad Jump
104 in
 
Hand Length
10.88 in
 
Arm Length
32.67 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
Starting eight of his nine games as a rookie last season, Kessler was adequate in an offense that had little going for it. But he had too few big plays -- he completed only six attempts over 20 yards -- and took too many sacks (21 on 216 dropbacks), partly because he held onto the ball too long. Kessler entered the offseason program as a favorite to enter Week 1 as the starter, but he fell behind both Brock Osweiler and DeShone Kizer within the first two weeks of training camp. Relegated to third-team work throughout much of camp and the preseason, Kessler no longer seems to be in the mix for the starting job.
The Browns drafted Kessler a bit earlier than expected during the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft, as the former USC standout has less-than-stellar measurables and throwing ability by pro standards. He'll still be given a chance at the starting quarterback job in Cleveland, but it's a long shot with experienced options such as Josh McCown and Robert Griffin also in the hunt for the top spot. At this point, it looks like Kessler will head into his rookie campaign with a backup role.
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Loses starting gig
QBJacksonville Jaguars
December 26, 2018
Blake Bortles will replace Kessler as the Jaguars' starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Texans.
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Looking like backup in Week 17
QBJacksonville Jaguars
December 26, 2018
Multiple Jaguars players suggested Wednesday that Blake Bortles rather than Kessler would likely serve as the team's starting quarterback Week 17 against the Texans, Mark Long of the Associated Press reports.
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Benched in mistake-prone game
QBJacksonville Jaguars
December 23, 2018
Kessler completed 12 of 17 passes for 106 yards during Sunday's 17-7 win over the Dolphins. He also rushed once for two yards and lost one fumble.
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Returns for second half
QBJacksonville Jaguars
December 23, 2018
Kessler will start the second half of Sunday's game against the Dolphins after exiting with a right shoulder contusion late in the second quarter, John Reid of The Florida Times-Union reports.
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More yards rushing than passing
QBJacksonville Jaguars
December 16, 2018
Kessler completed nine of 17 passes for 57 yards and an interception while adding 68 yards on six carries and losing a fumble in Sunday's 16-13 loss to Washington.
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