Bill Belichick seems pleased with third-string QB Cody Kessler

Ryan Hannable
October 04, 2019 - 1:23 pm

FOXBOROUGH -- Quarterback Cody Kessler has only been a member of the Patriots for just over a week, but he's made a good first impression on Bill Belichick.

“Yeah, Cody’s done a nice job for us,” Belichick said Friday. “He’s really smart. He’s come in here. He’s learned — I mean, he’s out there calling plays, signaling receivers, making adjustments like he’s been here longer than two weeks or whatever it is. So, he’s picked things up very quickly. He has a good rapport with all of the players. He’s willing to do whatever we ask him to do. He works extremely hard."

Kessler is behind Tom Brady and rookie Jarrett Stidham on the depth chart.

"Stidham’s made a lot of progress and continues to. [Tom> gives us obviously a lot of great leadership out there and energy on the field," Belichick added. "It’s not really a management thing. They’re all contributing. I’m glad they’re all on the team. We only have to play one, but that’s — you never know.”

Kessler's roster spot could be taken over by Benjamin Watson, who is coming back from a four-game suspension. In order to play Sunday, Watson would need to be activated by Saturday afternoon. If he isn't, the team has until Monday to either put him on the roster or release him.

It is worth noting Brady has been a full participant at practice each day this week, so maybe it does make sense to go with two quarterbacks again.

Besides Kessler, the only other obvious choice to cut to make room for Watson is Jordan Richards, but he was just signed this week.

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