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Jaguars name Cody Kessler starting quarterback

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have named quarterback Cody Kessler heading into this week against the Indianapolis Colts. Following another game in which previous starter Blake Bortles struggled to complete simple passes and the Jaguars’ seventh loss in a row, head coach Doug Marrone finally felt like he had seen enough, even after firing offensive coordinator Nate Hackett earlier in the day.

The Jaguars originally acquired Kessler in the offseason, trading a fifth-round pick to the Cleveland Browns. Kessler looked good during the preseason for the Jaguars and even proved a spark when he played for roughly a half against the Houston Texans earlier this season, quickly leading the Jaguars to a touchdown drive to get them back in the game, but was sacked four times and picked off later in the game on a pass off TJ Yeldon’s hands.

Fans have been asking for Kessler to start for a few weeks now, simply for the fact that it seemed abundantly clear Bortles was not going to be the answer.