QB Jacoby Brissett able to be ‘subsequent man up’ for Browns following Deshaun Watson suspension

Following the six-game suspension of Deshaun Watson for violating the league’s private conduct coverage, consideration now turns to his short-term on-field substitute — one who might play a serious position for the Cleveland Browns this season.

Jacoby Brissett figures to imagine the beginning QB position in Watson’s absence (the NFL has till Thursday morning to enchantment disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson’s choice, whereas the NFL Gamers Affiliation beforehand introduced it might not enchantment the ruling).

Brissett, 29, has began video games beforehand for 3 completely different franchises, together with 5 video games final season with the Dolphins whereas changing an injured Tua Tagovailoa. He additionally began 30 video games in 4 seasons with the Colts and helped substitute a suspended Tom Brady early within the 2016 NFL season with the Patriots.

Getting thrown into the combo is nothing new. Brissett was compelled to start out early as a rookie when Jimmy Garoppolo bought harm throughout Brady’s four-game suspension. A 12 months later he was traded to Indianapolis in August after Andrew Luck’s harm state of affairs worsened and Brissett finally began 15 video games for the Colts that season.

The Browns have prepped for a possible Watson suspension for months now, and Brissett is the anticipated understudy in Cleveland. He says he is ready for the job.

“Since I have been on this league it has been the following man up,” Brissett stated Tuesday. “That was the case my rookie 12 months, so that have helps with not solely the enjoying however with the mindset of understanding that you have to be prepared at any time when your quantity is named.”

He added: “It feels good that you’ve that belief amongst the group. I am excited for the chance.”

Watson had obtained the majority of the first-team reps at Browns camp previous to Monday’s six-game suspension, however that ought to change now that the choice has come down. Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski stated Brissett has made a robust early impression after becoming a member of the staff this offseason and that his previous expertise as a fill-in was thought-about a giant plus to the staff.

“He is been in some completely different positions already in his younger profession,” Stefanski stated. “He has an excellent manner about him. Very, very clever. Excellent chief. Has the flexibility to make performs on the apply discipline, assist in the assembly room. Be accountable all through the load room. He simply does all the precise issues.”

It is a tense time for the Browns. The Watson state of affairs has cloaked the franchise in negativity for months and certain will proceed to take action whereas it continues to play out by way of Watson’s eventual return — and past.

Maybe the affable Brissett may very well be a stable antidote for the state of affairs. Requested what it might really feel like to surrender his beginning job after he leads the Browns to a 6-0 document, Brissett stated, “We’ll cross that bridge once we cross that bridge.”