BEREA: Rookie quarterback Cody Kessler relishes a chance to make his hometown of Bakersfield, Calif., proud in his second consecutive start for the Browns.



On Wednesday, coach Hue Jackson ruled out veteran quarterback Josh McCown for Sunday’s game against Washington at FedExField. So Kessler will definitely start again as expected.



Before Kessler made his NFL regular-season debut Sunday in a 30-24 overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins, he received some surprise encouragement. A digital billboard on I-480 West heading toward Browns headquarters read: “Cody Kessler Good Luck from Bakersfield.”



“That meant a lot to me, and it was something that I didn’t know about,” Kessler, a third-round draft pick from the University of Southern California, said. “They didn’t tell me. No one told me anything. I actually saw a picture of it first. Someone sent it to me, and then I ran over there and went and saw it afterwards. I’m very proud of where I came from, and there are a lot of great people there that support me.



“... It was really cool to see all the pictures. They had watch parties and all these different things. To have that support and to continue to have that support from Bakersfield is something that really means a lot to me.”



Kessler also has the support of his teammates, especially after he impressed them by completing 21-of-33 passes for 244 yards without a touchdown or interception. He connected with tight end Gary Barnidge for a two-point conversion and finished with a passer rating of 85.9. Kessler took shots to his throwing arm and right thigh in the game but kept playing and fully participated in Wednesday’s practice.



“He did a lot of things well, but the No. 1 thing he did really well was just maintaining his poise in a tough environment,” nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas said. “It was a lot louder than people expected last weekend. Cody did a great job just staying in the huddle, getting the plays, getting in and out, making quick decisions and keeping his composure.”



There were blemishes, though.



In Kessler’s first series, the Browns were penalized for delay of game, he fumbled a snap and recovered it before being strip-sacked by Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake on the next play.



“Obviously, he had the jitters in the beginning,” Jackson said. “He calmed down. He made some throws. He made some plays. He made some tough plays.”



Time management in the huddle is another focus.



“I want to get in and out of the huddle a little bit quicker. That is on me,” Kessler said. “... If I need to make an adjustment [at the line of scrimmage], I will have time on the play clock and still feel comfortable and not rushed.”



With McCown recovering from a fractured left collarbone suffered Sept. 18 in a 25-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Kessler will become the first QB to start for the Browns in back-to-back games this season.



“It builds a little bit of a rhythm,” Kessler said. “Coming off of one start going into the next one, I kind of know what to expect and different things that got brought up in the game that I can work on for this week to face like clock management and different things. It is big.”



Now Kessler is hoping his teammates become as proud of him as Bakersfield.



“I’m doing everything I can to make them feel comfortable and to know that I have confidence going into each play and in the huddle and out on the field,” Kessler said. “That is something you have to do as a rookie. You have to earn their respect and earn their trust, and that is something that I like to do every day. Just go out and compete and be loud and be vocal and try to be a leader and do different things that just show that I’m ready and I want to step up and be a guy that does not come in as scared or has any doubts about himself.”



Holding pattern



Jackson would not disclose whether Alvin Bailey will start at right guard Sunday after the offensive lineman was arrested early Monday morning in North Royalton.



“You will find that out on Sunday,” Jackson said.



Bailey was arrested and cited with operating a vehicle impaired, speeding, unsafe vehicle (cracked windshield), drug abuse, drug paraphernalia and failure to comply. He’s scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m. Thursday.



Bailey is subject to discipline from the NFL under its substance abuse and personal conduct policies.



“Obviously, this is a league matter,” Jackson said. “I’m not very excited about it at all. There will be consequences for it, but we have to follow league protocol as far as that is concerned. We will do what we feel is right.”



With center Cameron Erving (bruised lung) inactive against the Dolphins, John Greco shifted from right guard to center in the starting lineup. Bailey filled in at right guard.



If Bailey doesn’t start, rookie Spencer Drango would likely start at right guard. Another option would be moving Greco back to right guard and starting backup center Austin Reiter.



RG3’s intel



Injured quarterback Robert Griffin III won’t play his former team in Washington because he has a fractured coracoid bone in his left shoulder, but maybe he’ll be able to provide the Browns with valuable information about their opponent.



Jackson, however, isn’t counting on it.



“Some of our players will ask Robert questions as they go through it, but I don’t think we as coaches have sat him down and interrogated him and said, ‘Hey, we are going to waterboard you if you don’t tell us this,’?” Jackson said. “I’m sure he will help some guys, but at the same time, I think he is trying to get healthy, and we are trying to truly get ready for this game.”



Washington coach Jay Gruden said during a conference call he was disappointed things didn’t work out between his team and RG3.



“He is a good kid. He really wants to be great,” Gruden said. “It just unfortunately didn’t work out here. We had to make a decision at the time that was best for our football team, and that is what we went with Kirk [Cousins]. It was a hard deal because I know the fans loved Robert for what he accomplished in his rookie year [in 2012] but, unfortunately, it just did not work out in the longer term.”



Origin of name



Undrafted rookie cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun will become a household name if he continues to return interceptions for touchdowns like he did against the Dolphins.



Speaking of his name, here’s the story behind it:



“Boddy is my mother’s name, and Calhoun is my father’s last name,” he said. “My father died [in a car accident] when I was 7 years old. I got his name added on in 2012.



“My grandmother gave me [my first] name. She had a friend who said he if he ever had children he would name his son Briean. My grandmother loved that name. He unfortunately didn’t have any children, so [my grandmother] told my mom to name me Briean. That’s how you get that tongue-tied name. I’ve never met another Briean.”



Briean is pronounced BREE-in. And Boddy is pronounced BOD-ee.



Extra points



•?In addition to McCown, Jackson ruled out Erving and rookie defensive end Carl Nassib (surgically repaired broken hand) for Sunday.



•?Jackson said outside linebacker Corey Lemonier will receive more playing time with outside linebacker Nate Orchard (high ankle sprain) out for a while.



•?Other players who didn’t practice were safety Ibraheim Campbell (hamstring), wide receiver Corey Coleman (broken hand), cornerback Tramon Williams (shoulder) and Thomas (rest). Running back Isaiah Crowell (knee) and cornerback Joe Haden (groin) were limited.