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.
Still the starter
QBJacksonville Jaguars
December 7, 2018
Coach Doug Marrone said he isn't thinking about benching Kessler for Blake Bortles ahead of the Jaguars' Week 15 matchup with the Redskins, Michael DiRocco of reports.
The Jaguars have scored just 15 points in Kessler's two starts, hamstrung by his inability to make accurate throws downfield. Of course, Bortles was a disaster in his own right for most of the season, and Kessler didn't receive much help from his teammates during Thursday's 30-9 to Tennessee. It is possible Marrone re-evaluates the situation if things don't improve after the Week 15 contest.
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Advanced NFL Stats
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 %
Avg Target Depth
6.7 Yds
Sack Rate
Avg Receiver YAC
4.0 Yds
Receiver Drop %
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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.
6' 1"
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
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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Competent stat line in loss
QBJacksonville Jaguars
December 6, 2018
Kessler completed 25 of 43 passes for 240 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions in the Jaguars' 30-9 loss to the Titans on Thursday. He also rushed five times for 17 yards and lost a fumble.
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Mistake-free in Week 13 win
QBJacksonville Jaguars
December 2, 2018
Kessler completed 18 of 24 passes for 150 yards without a touchdown or interception and rushed five times for 28 yards in Sunday's 6-0 win over the Colts.
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Replacing Bortles as starter
QBJacksonville Jaguars
November 26, 2018
Kessler will replace Blake Bortles as the Jaguars' starting quarterback for Week 13 against the Colts, John Oehser of the team's official site reports.
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Not starting but getting some first-team reps
QBJacksonville Jaguars
October 22, 2018
Kessler will get reps with the first-team offense in practice this week, but the Jaguars will stick with Blake Bortles as their starter for Sunday's game against the Eagles in London, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Tosses touchdown in relief
QBJacksonville Jaguars
October 21, 2018
Kessler completed 21 of 30 passes for 156 yards, a touchdown and an interception while adding eight yards on two carries in Sunday's 20-7 loss to the Texans.
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