The Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns will meet up for the 36th time in their long rivalry on Thursday night and the Browns will have another starting quarterback lining up under center against the Ravens. That quarterback will be Cleveland's 2016 3rd round rookie Cody Kessler. Kessler has been the Browns third quarterback to start under center for the team after Robert Griffin III and Josh McCown went down with injuries.
Browns head coach Hue Jackson confirmed to the media on Monday that he will stick with the rookie quarterback stating, "We're not going to play musical chairs." So far in the 2016 season, Kessler has played 6 games and has done very well for the Browns, throwing for 1,150 yards, 5 touchdown passes and 1 interception. The rookie has shown that he is very capable of being the Browns franchise quarterback of the future, and that's what Hue Jackson wants to find out throughout the remainder of the season. Especially considering the Browns have two 1st round and two second round picks come next years draft. If Kessler continues to play well, Cleveland can use those picks to build around him and for the future.
Thursday night is Kessler's big opportunity to show the world that he is Cleveland's quarterback of the future as he faces off against the Ravens second ranked defense in Baltimore. Not only that, but Kessler can help lead the Browns to its first win of the season on the national stage and further embarrass an already struggling Ravens team. The Ravens will have to be prepared for a motivated Browns team with nothing to lose and playing with a quarterback they are very excited about on Thursday night. If they do fall, the Ravens win over the Steelers will mean nothing and there will be a lot more questions to be answered in Baltimore. On the other side of the coin, if the Browns do win, they can look back at their rookie signal caller and say, "we find our guy."