Browns HC Hue Jackson announced Friday that rookie Cody Kessler will start at quarterback Sunday’s game against the Cowboys.
Jackson added that he believes veteran QB Josh McCown understands the situation they’re in and why he made the decision to go with Kessler in Week 9.
The Browns, obviously, want to see what Kessler can do with an extended opportunity, given that they used a third-round pick on him early in the year.
Kessler, 23, was taken with the No. 93 overall pick by the Browns back in May. He was an interesting selection for the Browns, considering that they elected to trade out of the No. 2 spot and passed on Carson Wentz.
Kessler signed a four-year contract worth $3,004,788 that included a signing bonus of $664,788 with the Browns.
This season, Kessler has completed 66.9 percent of his passes for 947 yards to go along with four touchdowns and an interception over the course of five games. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 18 quarterback out of 34 qualifying players.