Deshaun Watson suspended: Jacoby Brissett ready to be ‘next man up’ for Browns

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The Cleveland Browns will be without their offseason prize in Deshaun Watson — atleast — First six games of 2022 season. The quarterback was handed off. Six-game ban Lawsuit against disciplinary officer After L. Robinson heard testimony about his off-field troubles, 24 civil lawsuits have been filed by women accusing him of sexual assault. While the suspension could be extended if the NFL decides to appeal, Watson will miss at least the start of the year.

So, that leaves the Browns turning to veteran Jacoby Brissett to lead them under center.

“Since I’ve been in this league, it’s been the next guy up,” Brissett told reporters Tuesday. “That was the case my rookie year, so that experience helps not only playing but having the mindset to understand that whenever your number is called, you have to be ready.”

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Brissett is referring to when he was selected by the Patriots in the third round in 2016. That rookie year, Tom Brady was serving his four-game suspension to start the season for Deflategate, leaving Jimmy Garoppolo as the team’s starter backed by Brissett. Garoppolo was injured midway through their Week 2 game and Brest played the rest of the way until Brady returned.

Not only does he have experience under pressure from the situation, Brissett was thrust into a starting role in Indianapolis when Andrew Luck stunned the NFL with his retirement in August 2019.

“He’s been in a few different positions already in his young career,” head coach Kevin Stefanski said. “He’s got a great way about it. Very, very intelligent, very good leader. Capable of making plays on the practice field, helping in the meeting room. Be accountable throughout the weight room. He works perfectly. “

In his career, Brissett has started 37 games and owns a 14-23 record. He has completed 60.2% of his passes during his career and has a passer rating of 83.

During the early stages of camp, Watson — who can still practice with the team throughout the summer — has seen the bulk of first-team reps. With this suspension out in the open, however, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Brissett make more of these looks as we get closer to the start of the regular season.