Deshaun Watson suspension: Browns ought to nonetheless put together for the worst

The Cleveland Browns ought to nonetheless put together for the worst when it involves Deshaun Watson.

Whereas Choose Sue Robinson advisable Deshaun Watson needs to be suspended for less than six video games this season, the Cleveland Browns should settle for the ball is in Roger Goodell’s courtroom now.

The NFL can enchantment Robinson’s ruling, however solely has three days to take action. Although Watson and the NFLPA stated in a press release it is not going to enchantment Robinson’s ruling, Goodell does have the ultimate say. Whereas the league could have wished a yearlong to an indefinite suspension for Watson, it appears like it’s extra more likely to be an eight-to-12 recreation suspension than for Watson to overlook the whole season.

Regardless, the Browns nonetheless want to arrange for the worst relating to their quarterback.

Let’s take a look at the video games Cleveland is aware of will probably be with out Watson at minimal for this 12 months.

Cleveland Browns schedule 2022

Listed below are the six video games Watson will certainly be suspended for.

  • Week 1: at Carolina Panthers (Sunday, Sept. 11)
  • Week 2: vs. New York Jets (Sunday, Sept. 18)
  • Week 3: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (Thursday, Sept. 22)
  • Week 4: at Atlanta Falcons (Sunday, Oct. 2)
  • Week 5: vs. Los Angeles Chargers (Sunday, Oct. 9)
  • Week 6: vs. New England Patriots (Sunday, Oct. 16)

Admittedly, it is a comparatively smooth first six video games for the Browns. Atlanta, Carolina and New York are in all probability not playoff groups. Pittsburgh may have a brand new beginning quarterback. Although Los Angeles and New England are definitely playoff-caliber, each of these video games will likely be at house for the Browns. Their first robust recreation is Week 7 on the Baltimore Ravens when Watson can return…

When Watson steps onto the sector for the Browns, probably as quickly as Oct. 23 vs. Baltimore, will probably be the primary time he has performed in an NFL recreation since he was with the Houston Texans.

Deshaun Watson final recreation

The final time Watson appeared in an NFL regular-season recreation was vs. the AFC South division rival Tennessee Titans. This recreation got here in Week 17 on January 3, 2021. Tennessee gained the division that 12 months, beating Houston 41-38 within the regular-season finale. Watson went 4-12 because the starter for the Texans, who fired former head coach Invoice O’Brien after the primary 4 video games in 2020.

Browns quarterback depth chart

Whereas Watson will begin each recreation for the Browns as quickly as he’s eligible, right here is Cleveland’s quarterbacking depth chart heading into the early levels of coaching camp.

  1. Deshaun Watson
  2. Jacoby Brissett
  3. Joshua Dobbs
  4. Josh Rosen

Jacoby Brissett will presumably fill in for Watson when he’s serving his suspension. He has been a starter on this league earlier than, most notably with the Indianapolis Colts and most just lately with the Miami Dolphins. Joshua Dobbs used to play for the rival Pittsburgh Steelers, however he has not performed a lot since his school days at Tennessee. Josh Rosen is just about a camp arm at this level…

So with the Browns figuring out will probably be at minimal a six-game suspension for Watson, here’s what they should do. Cleveland wants to provide each first-team rep from now till Watson is eligible to return again to Brissett. In addition they must see if Dobbs has what it takes to play in video games for them. If he can’t, and Rosen can’t, then they should add a succesful backup for 2 months.

Cleveland has a possibility to be proactive right here, however then once more, that is what they signed up for.