Now that Cleveland is aware of Deshaun Watson will miss the primary 11 games of the common season (stemming from 24 sexual misconduct civil circumstances), they’ll have to preserve a 3rd QB on the roster. With Jacoby Brissett already slated because the starter to start the yr, that leaves Joshua Dobbs and Josh Rosen to battle for that third spot. Primarily based on the primary half and alter of the Browns’ second preseason game in opposition to the Eagles, Dobbs is trying to wrap this competitors up now.
Dobbs began the game in opposition to Philadelphia and got here out firing on all cylinders, passing and operating the ball. He threw for 112 yards and rushed for 47, together with a 34-yard run which arrange his personal three-yard dashing TD within the first half. Though it’s the preseason, Browns followers haven’t had a lot to be comfortable about this offseason, and plenty of of them are pumped about Dobbs’ efficiency on social media.
Dobbs was drafted by the Steelers in 2017 and spent his first few years there, however solely touched the sector briefly in 2018 and 2020. Pittsburgh shipped him to Jacksonville in 2019, then rotated and re-signed him for the 2020 and 2021 campaigns. So, it’s been a rollercoaster journey for Dobbs since coming into the NFL. One fan factors out the irony in a former Pittsburgh Steeler being the one to unite Browns followers in cheering him on.
After Dobbs’ outing against Philly, all that stands in his way of sticking in Cleveland is Rosen. Dobbs brings a dynamic aspect that Rosen can’t match. Besides, Rosen has had plenty of opportunities as a starter and backup and has rarely delivered anything meaningful to any team he’s played for. At this point, I’m amazed to see Rosen on a roster. The Arizona Cardinals drafted him 10th overall in 2018 but had seen enough after his rookie year, where he posted a 3-10 record.
If this plays out in Dobbs’ favor, it could be the best opportunity he’s had in his career thus far. He’d be the backup for the Browns for at least 11 games, and you’re always just one play away from having your number called. At that point, Dobbs needs to be prepared to play at any time. If Dobbs does make it, this would be one of the few times we’ve seen a team with an all-black QB room.
I wouldn’t go so far as saying Dobbs ought to get the non permanent QB1 place over Brissett, however he’s probably carried out sufficient to safe that second spot. In Cleveland’s first preseason game, Dobbs was the one Browns QB to document a passing TD, with Rosen and Watson each seeing time that game. Generally it takes guys a number of years to search out their spot within the league, and it appears Dobbs is carving out house for himself in Cleveland.
Daniel Elton, senior editor at Wahu Times, writes about politics and policy with a focus on climate advocacy. Daniel previously at the New Republic and, and Self. Daniel can be reached by email.