Andrew Berry solidifies Deshaun Watson will start for Browns in Week 13

Deshaun Watson, Browns. [Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union]
Deshaun Watson, Browns. [Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union] /

Not that it is a huge surprise, but Andrew Berry confirms that Deshaun Watson will be the Cleveland Browns starter in their Week 13 matchup.

As the Cleveland Browns enter their Week 9 bye with a 3-5 record, general manager Andrew Berry met with the press for the first time since the beginning of the season. Berry had several remarks of note, but perhaps the biggest was the reassurance that Deshaun Watson will be the starter once he is eligible to return in Week 13 when the Browns face the Houston Texans.

I don’t think there was a ton of doubt about this decision, but there were still a few question marks. First, there was another civil lawsuit filed just over two weeks ago. Watson’s attorney was quick to act on why the accusations were false, but it hasn’t necessarily gone away yet.

Additionally, Jacoby Brissett has played really well for the Browns thus far. He has certainly missed some opportunities but has not once been the reason the Browns lost a football game. In fact, he’s been a huge reason they have even had an opportunity in a few games this season.

At the end of the day, we must remember what Watson can be, and what Brissett has shown us he is. Watson has thrown for nearly 5,000 yards and a 70 percent completion rate while on one of the worst rosters in football.

Brissett is a journeyman who has been on four different teams with a well-below-500-record as a starter. He’s a fantastic game manager, but at the end of the day, he is going to struggle to win you a game by himself.

The Browns are lucky to have had him during the Watson suspension, but no one should be shocked that he will instantly be the backup once Watson is ready to return.