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Cody Kessler will start Week 9.

Added 11/04/16 11:53 am (EST)   Source
While Kessler starting for Cleveland hurts the fantasy value of the Browns skill players, it makes the most sense for the organization in real life. They need to get a look at what they have and evaluate Kessler as a potential option moving forward. The 37-year-old Josh McCown clearly isn't a long term option. Kessler will have the benefit of Corey Coleman returning this week and combined with a decent running game, could find moderate success down the stretch.
DeShone Kizer Headshot

Head coach Hue Jackson acknowledged he's been spending more time working with Kizer than with the team's other quarterbacks, The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot reports. "I want to make sure I have my hand on [Kizer] as much as I can," said Jackson. "I have to find out probably more about (Kizer) than I do any of the guys. He's not going to get too far away from me, I know that."

Added 3:40 pm (EST)
2016 third-round selection Cody Kessler started eight games (all losses) last season and opened OTAs working with the first-team offense, making him the early favorite for the Week 1 starting job. Kizer, Brock Osweiler and Kevin Hogan are all expected to compete for the job and get some first-team reps throughout the offseason program and training camp, though it seems Hogan may be part of the competition in name only. Kizer and Osweiler, on the other hand, should both have real shot to unseat Kessler before the games start to count. Jackson is seemingly aware that his fate with the franchise ultimately could depend on the success of his rookie quarterback, even though Kizer fell to No. 52 overall in the draft. With Cleveland a long shot to compete for a playoff spot, the rookie is a good bet to make starts at some point in the season, if not by Week 1. Jackson is already preparing as if Kizer, rather than Kessler, holds the future of the team in his hands.
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