Wide receiver Corey Coleman and quarterback Cody Kessler figure to be more important components of the Cleveland Browns in the future, Coleman for sure, but both gaining experience in an already-lost season is paramount for long-term readiness.
On that front, the Browns received some rare good news as both rookies have been cleared to return to work, per head coach Hue Jackson, and can help Cleveland on Sundays going forward. It remains uncertain if Kessler will be thrown back into the starting lineup, given Josh McCown’s recent return, but Coleman will be out there as soon as he is ready. Jackson said it is too early to tell if Kessler or McCown will be the Browns’ starter on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.
The former Baylor standout saw this broken hand stunt his momentum and keep him out for six games. Coleman shredded the Baltimore Ravens’ secondary in Week 2 in the form of a five-catch, 104-yard, two-touchdown performance but broke the hand in practice the following week. For the season, the first-round pick has seven receptions, 173 yards – working out to a cool 24.7 yards-per-reception average – and two scores.
He is expected to start alongside fellow wide out Terrelle Pryor going forward.
Kessler suffered a concussion against the Bengals in Week 7 after being given the Browns’ quarterbacking reins earlier than expected thanks to McCown and newly acquired signal caller Robert Griffin, III going down with September injuries. The third-rounder out of USC has been competent despite being viewed as a project. While he is of course winless, Kessler is completing 66.9 percent of his passes and has thrown four touchdowns compared to one interception. He notably put together a 300-plus-yard game in a 28-26 loss to the Tennessee Titans in Week 6.
The 37-year-old McCown is under contract through 2017 but is not a part of the Browns’ long-term future, so Kessler likely sees the field again soon, the veteran’s experience notwithstanding.