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Cody Kessler will get the first chance to be the starting QB

When the Browns begin their on field OTA's, Hue Jackson said that second-year quarterback Cody Kessler will open with the starters

BEREA, Ohio-- As the Browns finished their rookie minicamp, sights are now set on the upcoming OTA's.

Hue Jackson said that second-year quarterback Cody Kessler will get the first reps with the starters.

“They will all get reps," Jackson said on Saturday of the rookie minicamp. "Obviously, Cody will start this out. He deserves the opportunity to. Brock (Osweiler) is here and Kevin (Hogan) is, too, but this young man (DeShone Kizer) is going to get reps.

"The only way to get better is to get reps," Jackson said. "I will find a way. I have been through this before a few times. We will get these guys reps, and he has to get some because I have to continue to evaluate him.”

Kessler started eight games as a rookie--all resulting in losses-- and suffered two concussions during the course of the season. Kessler completed 65.6 percent of his passes and had a quarterback rating of 92.3. Kessler was 128-of-195 for 1,380 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions. 

Jackson was asked if Osweiler will start as the backup to Kessler, but Jackson said the entire position is open to competition. 

“I don’t look at it that way," Jackson said. "Brock is learning our system and learning the things that we do at the position. I think the other guys have done it. They have been through the process with me and understand how to play. That doesn’t mean that he can’t have an opportunity to exceed or succeed anybody. This thing is open. It really is.

"Cody has done a great job," he said. "That is really why I brought his name up first. He has really improved. He has worked his tail off. He deserves the right and the opportunity to walk into this building and walk out there first. They have to take it from him. They better take it from him because I know him – he is not going to give it up. It will be fun. That is what competition is all about. Until someone takes something from someone and shows that they can do it at a high level play in and play out, then we have to keep going in the direction where we’re traveling.”

Jackson said the coaching staff is throwing a lot at Kizer, but he's pleased with his progress.

"He takes coaching," he said. "He takes coaching well. I am not babying him – that is for sure – because the other teams won’t baby him, either. He just has to get used to it, and I think he has. He has been outstanding that way. He gets it.

"He knows that my charge for him is a consistency level at a high level all of the time, and that is not going to happen in two days," he said. "I don’t expect it to happen in two days. How long is it going to take? I don’t know that, but I know we are going to do everything we can to get him there.”


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