Browns studs and duds: Reserves shine in Preseason Week 1 win
Stud: Josh Dobbs, Quarterback
After Deshaun Watson exited the game, Josh Dobbs came in and he quickly showed what Cleveland saw in him. A former fourth-round pick out of Tennessee in 2017, Dobbs had two stints with the Pittsburgh Steelers as well as a short tenure with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Now, he’s in line to be the No. 1 quarterback behind Jacoby Brissett while Watson is suspended — and if Friday night is any indication, they will be just fine with him as the second-string signal-caller.
Dobbs was calm and collected, throwing for 108 yards and a touchdown on 10-of-13 passing. He also added a nine-yard run on the night.
Jacksonville coach Doug Pederson considered challenging the touchdown pass from Dobbs to Jerome Ford since he looked to be over the line of scrimmage, but he didn’t so it counted thus we’re allowed to celebrate it.
Dobbs hasn’t played much in the regular season but he always delivers when he gets a chance in the preseason. He led Cleveland to two touchdowns and when he headed to the bench, they had put up 24 unanswered points.
Dud: D’Ernest Johnson, Running Back
Cleveland has easily the best running back corps in the NFL with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt both capable of taking over games by themselves. Third on the depth chart is D’Ernest Johnson, who put up some impressive numbers last season when called upon.
Back on a one-year deal, Johnson had a frustrating outing on Friday as he had three rushing attempts but registered no yards. He also had a lost fumble which killed one of their early drives.
The entire starting offense probably could have been included since they were all out of sync, but Johnson had the costly turnover.