Monday, May 27, 2024

Needy Browns expect QB Watson back for wk 1

Things haven’t exactly gone how the Cleveland Browns expected when they acquired QB Deshaun Watson and paid him handsomely, but it looks like he may finally be getting back on the field.

“We feel really good about [him being back week 1],” GM Andrew Berry said. “I’m not going to make any predictions, just because you just never know. But that’s certainly our expectation.”

“We have a regular cadence, regular checkpoint points. He’s in a pretty good spot,” Berry said. “I don’t want to put the cart in front of the horse. But he’s progressing as appropriate. We’re really pleased with the work that he’s put in and really pleased with how the shoulder is responding. But we’re still in the middle of a rehab process, so we know that it can take different, left and right turns. But we’re pretty optimistic in terms of what we’ve seen so far.”

Browns need a full-functioning Watson

“Everything is full motion,” Watson said. “Everything is fluid and motion is really good. The velocity and the strength is really good.”

“It can be sooner than later, it can be later than sooner,” Watson said. “This is an injury that, for spring, you want to be a little bit more conservative. This summer, you get ready for training camp. That’s going to be a time where we can pick that up.”

The Browns gave Watson a fully guaranteed $230-million 5-year contract in 2022, and the first two years of that deal have been very disappointing.

The Browns have so far only got 14 touchdown passes and 9 interceptions from the QB they acquired from the Texans after Watson demanded a trade and was accused of 20+ sexual assaults. While those accusations didn’t amount to a single criminal charge, Watson hasn’t been the same players since.

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