Clipboard Jesus didn't last long in Cleveland.
Whitehurst spent less than a month in Cleveland. After an injury knocked Cody Kessler out in Sunday's loss to the New England Patriots, Whitehurst went 14-of-24 passing for 182 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. Whitehurst left in the fourth quarter with a knee injury. The veteran did return for the final kneel down.
The move is a solid indication that Kessler should be in good shape heading into Week 6. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the rookie quarterback is expected to play versus the Tennessee Titans.
Veteran Josh McCown said he plans to return to practice Wednesday after missing the last three games.
While Kessler doesn't possess a strong arm, he's been accurate this season and displayed the ability to run Hue Jackson's offense smoothly. Kessler led an impressive touchdown drive on the Browns second possession against the Patriots, showing poise, solid decision making and plus accuracy. Even when McCown returns, the Browns should stick with Kessler if he's healthy.
With the Browns in full-on rebuild mode, giving Kessler and Hogan reps is the best move. Find out what you have in the rookies. We know what Clipboard Jesus is: not a good quarterback.