Patriots sign QB Cody Kessler

By WEEI 93.7

FOXBOROUGH -- The Patriots have apparently filled their open roster spot.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the team is signing quarterback Cody Kessler. He has appeared in 17 NFL games over the last three seasons, including 12 starts.

[UPDATE, 1:05 p.m.]: The team made the signing official.

The 26-year-old has played for the Browns, Jaguars and Eagles. Most recently, he was released by the Eagles at the end of training camp.

Originally, he was a third-round pick by the Browns in the 2016 NFL draft where he started six games as a rookie. He also started eight games for Jacksonville last year where he completed 65 percent of his passes for 709 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Kessler will join Tom Brady and rookie Jarrett Stidham in the quarterbacks room. 

It is a little interesting that the team would use its open roster spot on Kessler, especially when it will need to make another move next week to get Benjamin Watson back on the roster. The thought when Brian Hoyer was released was that having three quarterbacks would impact Stidham's growth.