The Browns continue to rearrange their crowded quarterback room. After trading for Tyrod Taylor, trading away DeShone Kizer, and signing Drew Stanton, the Browns shipped former third-round pick Cody Kessler to the Jaguars in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2019, CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported on Wednesday. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport first reported the trade and the team later confirmed the trade. Kessler, taken 93rd overall out of USC in 2016, started eight games (all in his rookie year) and appeared in 12 total games for the Browns. He completed 63.8 percent of his passes, averaged 6.9 yards per attempt, threw six touchdowns and three interceptions, and accumulated an 87.4 passer rating. Those aren’t horrible numbers considering he was viewed as a developmental prospect and he played on an awful Browns team.
That alone is huge upgrade for Kessler. If we have to crown a loser of this minor trade, it’s gotta be Browns coach Hue Jackson, who passionately defended the selection of Kessler back in 2016. Most notably, Cowboys starting quarterback Dak Prescott was still available when the Browns took Kessler. You have to trust me on this one, Jackson said at the time, via Cleveland.com. The guy has had a tremendous career, Jackson also said. I understand where everyone’s coming from. But Cody Kessler is the guy for us. On Wednesday, after only two seasons to work with him, Jackson said goodbye to his guy.
Abdullah was named the starter well before last season began, but squandered the opportunity, rushing for 552 yards on 165 carries (3.3 per attempt). He ultimately ceded playing time down the stretch, receiving no more than eight carries the final four games.
Enter Blount, a 250-pound bulldozer coming off his second Super Bowl victory in as many years. He will provide Detroit with the capable power element they’ve lacked the past couple years.
Blount, 31, spent last season with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he averaged 4.4 yards per carry for the champs. He left on a high note, rushing for 90 yards and a touchdown in the Super Bowl victory over the Patriots.
He came in and really gelled with the room, the running back room, Eagles coach Doug Pederson said at the coaches’ breakfast Tuesday. He was in our offseason program right away and he really wanted to sort of solidify that. We wanted that, that bigger back, at the time. Got him in there and he did some outstanding things for us.