5 things we learned in Browns Preseason Week 1 win over Jaguars

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3. Josh Dobbs would be fine at QB2

The expectation right now is that Deshaun Watson will be suspended for much of the 2022 season, if not all of it. With that happening, Jacoby Brissett will be the starter and Josh Dobbs is in line to be the second-string signal-caller.

Due to his inexperience in regular season games, there have been calls for the Browns to go after another quarterback. They did bring in A.J. McCarron and Josh Rosen for a tryout and Rosen won a spot, but that wasn’t enough to stop the calls for more help.

Recently, there’s been talk that Jimmy Garoppolo could be in play, which would push Brissett down to No. 2 and Dobbs might no longer be needed.

Even with all this noise going on around him, Dobbs showed up on Friday night and simply did his job. He entered the game trailing 13-0 and before long had the Browns on the board.

He helped them move down the field in a hurry for a quick touchdown, then threw one of his own later — hitting Jerome Ford for six. That play was pretty close to being a pass beyond the line of scrimmage and in the regular season, a challenge flag surely would have come out.

It was still a heads-up play and Dobbs finished by going 10-of-13 for 108 yards with the touchdown and no turnovers.

His poise and command of the offense should give the Cleveland staff confidence that if Watson is out for the year, they could go into the season with Brissett as the starter and Dobbs would be a capable No. 2 option.