Jaguars acquire Cody Kessler from Browns to back up Blake Bortles

  • Jaguars acquire Cody Kessler from Browns to back up Blake Bortles

Jaguars acquire Cody Kessler from Browns to back up Blake Bortles

Kessler, 6-1, 215, has appeared in 12 career games with eight starts for Cleveland after originally being drafted in the third round (93rd overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Cleveland Browns Makeover Edition continued on Wednesday with the news that the team has traded quarterback Cody Kessler to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Despite starting training camp as the No. 1 quarterback on the depth chart, Kessler quickly fell to No. 2 behind Brock Osweiler, and later, No. 3 when rookie DeShone Kizer, who was traded to the Green Bay Packers early this offseason, led game-winning drives in preseason play. If Kessler makes the team and meets the conditions of the trade, the Jaguars will still have a seventh-round pick available in next year's draft.

The 24-year-old was a third-round pick out of USC in the 2016 NFL Draft and completed 64 percent of his passes for 1,506 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions in two seasons.

Kessler's tenure with the Browns began in mild controversy. After Robert Griffin III went down to injury within the first few weeks of the season, Kessler got the opportunity to start for Cleveland.

Kessler's arrival in Jacksonville means the Jaguars actually have a backup quarterback for starter Blake Bortles under contract before the draft. But he was sacked 21 times and it didn't help that the Browns lacked playmakers to help him during a 1-15 season.

Either way, the move marks a fresh start for Kessler.

Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell recently said the team had a "backup quarterback" plan. "From our research and through getting to know Cody during the draft process, we know he is a smart, tough and competitive young man and we expect him to be a great addition to our quarterback and offensive meeting rooms".