DTR becomes Browns QB2 after great camp

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Most people had never heard of Dorian Thompson-Robinson, DTR, before the Browns took the field at the hall of fame game in Canton. But within 4 weeks he had secured his spot on the Browns 53-man roster and earned the QB2 role.

Drafted in the 5th round of the 2023 NFL draft with the 142nd-overall pick, DTR hadn’t registered on many peoples radars. With 10,399 yards passing, 86 touchdowns and 33 interceptions, his was a solid if unspectacular collegiate career. Playing 5-years with the UCLA Bruins, one shortened by Covid-19 in 2020.

PFF ranked DTR as the 7th best QB in the 2023 draft, ranked 149 overall and had this to say “DTR is experienced enough to feel confident that he’s a capable backup with developmental potential.”


Preseason, also known as overreaction season, gave DTR his chance to show what he was capable of. Completing 37 of 58 (63.8%) for 440 yards, 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions he showed the Browns enough to be handed the backup role behind DeShaun Watson. Make no mistake, there is a chasm between the two players.

But, given Watson’s history, and the ever-present injury threat in the NFL, DTR represents a solid backup choice and showed he could run the offense efficiently if called on. Getting a chance to develop behind a QB that can’t be unseated is the ideal spot for him, and he should now get multiple years to grow into an NFL potential-starter.

After the hall-of-fame game, Brown’s Head Coach Kevin Stefanski had this to say “He made some plays with his feet. I felt the route on the touchdown was outstanding, and it was a good read and good throw. He had some really nice moments.”

It’s a long hard slog for a 5th-round QB to make it in the NFL, but Dorian Thompson-Robinson has taken the first steps towards potentially developing a career.

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