New England Patriots

Cody Kessler of the Philadelphia Eagles scrambles with the ball in the second quarter against the Tennessee Titans during a preseason game at Lincoln Financial Field on August 8, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff,

The Patriots are adding a third quarterback to the room. According to Adam Schefter, they are signing former Browns, Jaguars, and Eagles QB Cody Kessler.

Schefter didn’t specify whether the Patriots are signing Kessler to the main roster or the practice squad. The team had an open spot on both rosters entering Wednesday. Kessler has only one accrued season (six or more games on the roster), his rookie year in 2016, but could have enough experience to stick on the main roster.

Adding Kessler gives the Patriots another QB to potentially run the scout team offense if Tom Brady is limited in future practices. That frees up rookie Jarrett Stidham for only one duty out of the scout team and main offense. Brady was limited in practice last week with a calf injury.

It’s unlikely the Kessler signing has any impact on Stidham’s role as Brady’s backup, despite the rookie throwing a pick-six late in the Pats’ 30-14 win over the Jets last Sunday. But it’s a possible indication that Brady still needs to limit his practice nursing the calf injury and needs to limit his workload. The picture will become clearer when the first injury report of the week comes out later on Wednesday.

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