Sport ESPN insider on suspended Browns QB Deshaun Watson playing in preseason: 'What's the point?'
Deshaun Watson gets muted reaction at Browns' open practice
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Deshaun Watson sprinted onto the field to a light round of cheers Saturday at the Cleveland Browns' first open practice of training camp. The noticeably muted reaction reflected the uncertainty surrounding Cleveland’s controversial new quarterback. Watson was the focal point as the Browns worked out in front of a near-capacity crowd at their suburban headquarters. He briefly waved while running to the middle of the practice fields, but did not speak with the media.
Until further notice, Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson will get thefor Friday's preseason opener at the Jacksonville Jaguars over backup Jacoby Brissett.
NFL disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson recommended a six-game suspension for Watson regarding numerous allegations of sexual misconduct during massage sessions, but the nature of that punishment makes him eligible for training-camp practices and exhibition contests.
If Robinson's ruling sticks, Watson will make his official Browns debut at the division-rival Baltimore Ravens in Week 7 on Oct. 23. That reality has at least one analyst strongly suggesting Watson should sit through the preseason.
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On Thursday's edition of the "Get Up" program, former player and current ESPN personality Damien Woody argued against Watson facing any live defenses this month.
"What's the point? I mean, what's really the point of Deshaun Watson playing in the preseason games? 'Oh, I'm gonna play him so he's gonna be ready to play Week 7?' That, to me, makes absolutely no sense when you've got the backup quarterback in Jacoby Brissett that you obviously have to get ready," Woody explained.
The Browns also haveon the depth chart beneath Watson.
"On top of that, we know in this league, all it takes is one hit...so the third-string quarterback needs to get reps just in case some type of injury happens to Jacoby Brissett," Woody continued. "I know (Watson) is the new shiny toy with the Cleveland Browns, but to me, it just doesn't make any sense to have him out there."
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The NFL must now weigh several factors as the league decides whether to appeal a suspension lighter than it wanted. There’s a passage in Sue L. Robinson’s 15-page decision on Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson that cuts to the heart of how she felt the NFL wanted the disciplinary process to go. It’s one that can also illuminate where things go next.“The NFL may be a ‘forward-facing’ organization, but it is not necessarily a forward-looking one,” she wrote. “Just as the NFL responded to violent conduct after a public outcry, so it seems the NFL is responding to yet another public outcry about Mr.
Woody's take ultimately may not matter when all is said and done. The NFL askedand former New Jersey Attorney General Peter C. Harvey to suspend Watson through at least the entire season via a decision that would the three-time Pro Bowl selection from playing even in preseason games. Harvey eventually ruling in favor of the NFL has been called a by one knowledgeable source, and it's thought Watson could receive that would require him to apply for reinstatement next year.
A Thursday reportthe Browns with San Francisco 49ers veteran quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo but only if Watson's punishment "significantly increases" from six games.
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Suspension makes it clear: Arbitrator Sue L. Robinson is calling for the NFL to wake up and improve both its understanding and policies surrounding sexual harassment, assault and misconduct. Here are the lone, palatable silver linings amid the news that Deshaun Watson will be suspended only six games for dozens of instances of sexual harassment and misconduct: The decision written by former federal Judge Sue L.
Waiting game: Watson, Browns open camp as NFL ruling looms .
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Deshaun Watson's first practice of training camp with the Browns was unusual: indoors, helmetless and brief. He did take snaps with the starters. It's unclear if it will stay that way. Cleveland's controversial quarterback practiced Wednesday as the Browns began preparing for the upcoming season still not knowing if Watson will be suspended by the NFL for violating its personal conduct policy. Watson has been accused by two dozen massage therapists in Texas of sexual misconduct, and the three-time Pro Bowler faces possible punishment from league disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson, who has been weighing his case for weeks.