The Browns traded Kessler to the Jaguars on March 28, and while ready for the move, Kessler believes his time in Cleveland will help him in Jacksonville.
The time in Cleveland was ups and down, frustrating, but being able to start eight or nine games my rookie year really prepared me, Kessler said, via the team website. Last year didn’t go the way I wanted it to or I had planned, but it’s part of it. You take it and run with it. I took that time to work on myself saying, ‘What do I want to work today?’ It really did help me.
It’s the same thing here. Obviously, Blake is the starter and a great guy to learn from, but you always prepare as the starter and prepare as if you’re playing on Sunday. That’s helped me and made my life easier as a backup.
Kessler started eight games as a rookie in 2016. He started none last season, watching DeShone Kizer and Kevin Hogan pass him on the depth chart.
Offensive lineman Ramon Foster (pictured) likes the new rule, in part because each of his four concussions occurred when a defender used his helmet to hit Foster in the helmet.
The veteran wide receiver is not expected to sign a contract until the start of training camp, according to a report from NFL Network. Bryant has drawn interest from multiple teams, but he’s being patient and selective, the report says.
Bryant was cut by Dallas in mid-April after spending his entire eight-season career with the team. The Cowboys saved more than $8 million in salary cap space by releasing him, according to multiple reports.
Bryant was selected to the Pro Bowl three times with the Cowboys and led the NFL with 16 receiving touchdowns in 2014. Last season, he registered 838 receiving yards and six touchdowns.
Jason Witten, Bryant’s former teammate with the Cowboys, said in May he expected the wide receiver to sign with Green Bay. Witten recently retired and agreed to become the color analyst on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.