The Cleveland Browns will need to keep a third quarterback on the roster now that they know Deshaun Watson will miss the first 11 games of the regular season (because of 24 sexual misconduct lawsuit charges).
Jacoby Brissett is set to open the season as the starting quarterback, so the competition for the backup position falls to either Joshua Dobbs or Josh Rosen. Dobbs is eager to put an end to this contest after the first half and a half of the Browns’ second preseason game against the Eagles.
Dobbs opened the game for Houston and immediately started passing and running the ball effectively against the Eagles. He completed 11 of 17 passes for 112 yards and ran for 47 yards and a touchdown on three yards in the first half. Despite the fact that it’s still only the preseason, many Browns supporters have been raving about Dobbs’ play on social media.
Dobbs spent his first few seasons in the NFL with the Steelers after being picked by the team in 2017, although he had limited action on the field in 2018 and 2020. In 2019, Pittsburgh traded him to Jacksonville, and in 2020 and 2021, they re-signed him. Dobbs’s career in the NFL has certainly been eventful. A Browns fan notes the humor in the fact that the ex-Steeler has managed to rally support from all throughout Cleveland.
After his performance against the Eagles, Dobbs has just Rosen to overcome in order to remain with the Cleveland offense. Dobbs adds energy that Rosen can’t provide. As a matter of fact.
Joshua Dobbs’ preseason stats…
• 24 for 33
• 249 passing yards
• 2 total TDs – 0 INTs
• 104.2 passer rating
• 56 rush yards pic.twitter.com/79Cd4ZzUrD
— NFL Stats (@NFL_Stats) August 21, 2022
Rosen has been given numerous chances as both a starter and a backup, but he has rarely contributed much to any of his teams. I can’t believe Rosen is still on any team’s roster at this time. Although he was selected 10th overall by the Arizona Cardinals in 2018, after a 3-10 season they cut ties with him.
If things go well for Dobbs, this could be the most promising chance of his professional life. He would serve as the Browns’ backup quarterback for at least 11 games because, in football, you’re never more than one play from seeing action. Dobbs will then have to be in game shape at the drop of a dime. Dobbs’s potential inclusion would make this one of the rare instances of an all-black quarterback room for a squad.
I wouldn’t go so far as to suggest that Dobbs should be the temporary QB1 instead of Brissett, but he has probably done enough to secure that second spot. Though Rosen and Watson each got some playing time in the Browns‘ preseason opener, Dobbs was the only quarterback to throw for a touchdown. In Cleveland, it appears that Dobbs has finally found his niche after a few years in the league.
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