Dec 8, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; A Cleveland Browns helmet sits on the sidelines through the fourth quarter of New England’s 27-26 win at Gillette Stadium. Obligatory Credit score: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports activities
The Cleveland Browns try to get their season began, however with out readability on Deshaun Watson’s standing, that’s near inconceivable.
It’s the primary week of August, and no one is aware of who’s going to take the vast majority of snaps this season for the Cleveland Browns.
Whereas that uncertainty makes it troublesome for Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski to organize for the upcoming marketing campaign, the person himself understands Cleveland should be able to go come Week 1 when his crew visits Baker Mayfield and the Carolina Panthers.
On Friday, Stefanski spoke to the media concerning the scenario and the way he’s attempting to navigate it, per ESPN:
“We’ve received to get Deshaun able to play, he hasn’t performed soccer in a 12 months. We’ve received to get Jacoby able to play, he’s probably going to be enjoying early for us and beginning and we’re going to be relying on him. … We’re going to be utilizing each alternative now we have out right here, particular person drill, post-practice, throughout follow, we’ve received to get all these guys able to play.”
With Watson presently going through a six-game suspension by means of Disciplinary Officer Sue Robinson’s suggestion on Monday morning, the Browns are going through the prospect of backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett beginning deep into October. Ought to Robinson’s choice maintain up by way of the NFL’s attraction — prone to attain a verdict earlier than the common season begins — Watson stands to play 11 video games if wholesome. Nonetheless, there’s an opportunity he doesn’t swimsuit up as soon as.
For the Browns, Stefanski enters his third season and is attempting to get Cleveland again to the playoffs after the crew completed 8-9 behind an injury-ravaged Mayfield in 2021. The offense is hoping to reboot with the addition of star receiver Amari Cooper and Watson.
This after the Browns traded three first-round picks to the Houston Texans for Watson after which instantly prolonged him for $230 million assured regardless of his going through two-dozen civil fits on the time (one stays, the opposite 23 have been settled for an undisclosed quantity).
Briefly, Cleveland hopes to contend this 12 months but additionally realized upon buying Watson he could possibly be lacking time. And if he does, no matter who fills in for him, the Browns are at a big drawback in a division that includes Joe Burrow and Lamar Jackson.
Quickly, we’ll have readability. Stefanski may have readability. The Browns may have their plan, a successful one or not.