BERIA, Ohio ( Associated Press) — Deshan Watson’s suspension has forced the Browns to execute their “Plan B” with their backup quarterback.
But Jacoby Brissette does not consider himself a second choice.
“I’m just another quarterback on the roster,” he said.
Watson was suspended for six games, a sentence pending a possible appeal by the NFL. In the face of a series of sexual abuse allegations, the ban was imposed for violating the league’s personal conduct policies.
Brissette, now with his fourth team in the league, will thus be a starter, at least in the short term.
He is back as the primary quarterback, as he was for 37 games in a seven-season professional career. The 29-year-old has played in New England, Indianapolis, Miami and Cleveland.
Watson has made a fair share of offensive snaps in practice camp, but that will soon change as the Browns know they won’t have them for at least six games. There will probably be more depending on the decision of the league.
None of this is new to Brissette.
After being drafted by New England in 2016, Tom Brady was suspended for a deflated ball scandal and Jimmy Garoppolo was sidelined with a shoulder injury, sending him to the starting lineup as a rookie was.
Three years later, Brissette became the starter of the Colts following Andrew Luck’s surprise retirement during camp. Last season, with Miami, Brissette was called up when Tua Tagovailoa was injured in the second week.
He started five games with the Dolphins. Now, you are about to walk the known path.
“Ever since I’ve been in this league, I’ve always been next on the list,” he said before Tuesday’s practice. “It was like that in my rookie year, so this experience helps not only to play but also to understand that you have to be prepared when you’re called in.”