Deshaun Watson’s disciplinary hearing with the NFL will enter its third day on Thursday, and the pending trial leaves the Browns uncertain about who will be available to quarterback for them during the 2022 season.
Unless the team finds a way to reconcile with Baker Mayfield, Jacoby Brissett is the most likely replacement for Watson on the roster. Running back Kareem Hunt said on Wednesday he is confident the team will be “ready to play” under any circumstances, but admitted the uncertainty means it is not the easiest situation for the team and coaching staff to deal with. the training camp to start soon.
“Yeah, it’s definitely stressful for them,” Hunt said via Cleveland.com’s Ashley Bastock. “It’s hard because they’re trying to figure out what pieces they have for the season and what plays they want to put in there. You know, there are different plays for Deshaun and Jacoby, different playbooks, different things we can do as quarterbacks.”
Hunt was given an eight-game ban after signing with the Browns for the 2018 season, but Nick Chubb’s presence meant the Browns were still well-supplied in the backfield. Watson’s absence would likely be a more difficult obstacle for the team to deal with.