deshaun watson

When the Cleveland Browns traded for former Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson earlier this year, he was expected to become the team’s next starter at quarterback. However, with Watson facing a possible suspension from the NFL, the Browns might need to come up with other plans.

Cleveland signed veteran quarterback Josh Rosen last week, presumably to help shore up the quarterback position in the event that Watson is suspended, but head coach Kevin Stefanski clarified on Wednesday that Rosen would not be the starting quarterback in Watson’s absence – that role would go to veteran quarterback Jacoby Brissett.

“Jacoby (Brissett is) our backup quarterback,” Stefanski said, according to Albert Breer. “If Deshaun (Watson is) unavailable, Jacoby’s our starter.”

Brissett has spent six years in the NFL since he was selected in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. The veteran quarterback has spent time with four NFL teams during his career, playing one year with the Patriots, four years with the Indianapolis Colts, and the 2021 season with the Miami Dolphins before signing with the Browns this offseason.

In his 37 career NFL starts, Brissett has a 14-23 record, completing 60.2 percent of his passes throughout his career for 7,742 yards, 36 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.

[Albert Breer]