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“I just have to be myself”

With Deshaun Watson’s 11-game suspension official, the Cleveland Browns head into the regular season with veteran Jacoby Brissett in line to start most of the campaign.

“I just have to be myself,” Brissett said Friday, via the Akron Beacon Journal . “I’m not really trying to do anything more or less. More so, I’m just trying to be myself.”

As the Browns’ Week 1 starter, Brissett did not play in the first preseason game, and head coach Kevin Stefanski is sticking with the plan not to play Brissett in Sunday’s preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Brissett has taken the most No. 1 QB reps this week in practice.

“I think we have a plan and we’re going with the plan, and I just keep getting more and more comfortable with the offense,” Brissett said. “I haven’t played a game yet, so I think when that moment comes and I have to use, which I do, I use these practices, these days as my game. I go out there thinking it’s a game I think I play every day”.

The current plan calls for Brissett to get reps in the Browns’ preseason finale against Chicago, according to the Beacon Journal.

A third-round pick out of New England in 2016, Brissett is used to being pressed into service. He started two games as a rookie after Tom Brady was suspended and Jimmy Garoppolo was injured. In 2017, he was traded just before the season to Indianapolis, where he made 15 starts. After backing up Andrew Luck in 2018, he was asked to start again when Luck abruptly retired before the 2019 season. Last year, Brissett started five games for Miami.

Brissett’s experience gives him confidence that he can start the season in a new offense without a ton of preseason reps.

“I think every day we’ve been out there I’ve gotten more comfortable,” Brissett said. “Obviously, I didn’t play the game, but just seeing what the game was called, and just talking to the guys on the sideline and stuff like that, it just grows more confidence in what we’re doing. So I’m just looking for that to keep building.” .

With the Browns currently shying away from the idea of ​​bringing in another vet like Garoppolo, it’s Brissett’s boat to pilot to open the season. Josh Dobbs remains the projected backup, with Josh Rosen also on the roster for now.


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