Deshaun Watson has forgettable debut with Browns

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Deshaun Watson was just 1-of-5 for seven yards in his debut with the Cleveland Browns and left the game with the team trailing 13-0

Deshaun Watson will likely miss the majority of the regular season, which means Cleveland Browns fans were eager to see what he could do in the preseason.

Their first chance to see him in action came on Friday night against the Jacksonville Jaguars, and it was a forgettable debut for the $230 million man.

Watson and the Cleveland offense managed no points and had one turnover in three drives. Nothing seemed to click and Watson left with his team trailing 13-0 with a stat line of 1-of-5 passing with seven yards.

Deshaun Watson was not alone in his struggles

Not all of the blame should fall on Watson’s shoulders. He did have a bad overthrow on his first attempt of the game but after that, he made some smart decisions and was reading the field well.

There were a couple of drops from Anthony Schwartz and the offensive line was called for two penalties that put the offense in a tough spot — they also lost starting center Nick Harris who had to be carted off the field.

One of those penalties led to a third-and-long where Watson ended up under-throwing Demetric Felton. There was also a fumble by D’Ernest Johnson which set the Jags up with a short field.

The only completion for Watson was to tight end David Njoku.

The offense improved with the second unit

It was a bit of a surprise to see Watson pulled to start the second quarter since there aren’t many other chances to get him some action before he is suspended. It felt as though Kevin Stefanski would have let him put together at least one decent drive, but that will apparently wait until next week.

With Watson on the sideline, Josh Dobbs came in and went 3-for-3 with 28 yards. Jerome Ford ripped off a 41-yard run as well and capped off the drive with a three-yard touchdown.

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