"I'm looking forward to watching him play": Hue Jackson on Kessler, Whitehurst and Miami defense

Posted at 9:51 PM, Sep 21, 2016

After the Browns announced that Cody Kessler will be starting Sunday's game and signed veteran quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, Cleveland fans are waiting to see what's in store for the team. 

When asked about the emphasis on Kessler, Hue Jackson said, "I think he feels good about where he is."

Jackson went on to talk about Kessler's dedication: "One thing I think we all know about Cody is he is in this building from morning to night. We have to kick him out. That is just the way he is. He sees this as a tremendous opportunity for himself and I think he wants to go represent himself and the organization and his teammates well. He is preparing as hard as he can to get himself ready to play.”

Read more from Hue Jackson's press conference below: 

On how the adversity Kessler has faced prepares him for this moment:

“I can’t speak to that. That is for him to talk about. I think there are a lot of lessons learned a lot of different ways. Obviously, we all know there is nothing like playing the game. He is going to get that opportunity this weekend, and I’m looking forward to watching him play.”

On the Browns signing QB Charlie Whitehurst and his role:

“He is a veteran quarterback that has played in this league that has done just what we are asking that guy to do. In case God forbid something were to happen, he has to go in there and play. We are going to try and get him up to speed as fast as we can. He is a veteran. He has veteran presence about him. He understands the role and the opportunity. I think he is trying to make the most of it as well. Here is a guy that has played in the National Football League and has been in the league for a lot of years and has seen a lot of different defenses. I think that gives everybody a calming thought process in the case that if something were to not happen right, here is a guy that can go out there and play.”

On the Browns OL transitioning and facing a tough Miami defensive front this week:


“There is no question. As I’ve said before, we are going to always face some tremendous players week in and week out. The guys that we kept here are the guys that we think can help us win. (OL John) Greco is no stranger to the National Football League and playing, maybe not center all the time, but I think he is up to the challenge. (OL) Alvin Bailey has played. These guys are on our football team for a reason. That is what they are here for. It is next man up. These guys have a job to do, and we have a tough opponent. We understand that, but that is what we have these guys here for. That is what their opportunity is about. You have to go play and go showcase your talent and ability.”