Is Jacoby Brissett overrated?

Is Brissett overrated right now?

By: Jake Rajala

After it was announced that the once-darkhorse MVP and controversial QB Deshaun Watson would be suspended for 11 games, the Dog Pound made it clear they were depending on Jacoby Brissett to be their savior. Brissett has honestly been efficient, but he hasn’t been an overly electric signal-caller. In the 2022 season thus far, the former Indianapolis Colts QB has merely registered 1,060 passing yards with five passing touchdowns to three interceptions. With that said, an intriguing question surrounds the “Browns QB1”: Is Brissett overrated? I believe the answer to my prior question is a resounding yes.

It’s hard to deny that Brissett’s lack of a dangerous ceiling isn’t a reason that the Browns have lost to the Atlanta Falcons and the New York Jets this (besides losing to LA) season. He unveiled one passing touchdown against the Falcons & zero touchdowns against the Jets. It should also be noted that Brissett has somehow only thrown for more than one touchdown in 1 game this season. His rushing ability hasn’t been a secret weapon, too (one rushing TD on the season).

I sincerely don’t feel an amount of bliss for Brissett — who faces a Bill Belichick-led defense in a few days. After Week 6, Brissett will square off against the New England Patriots, the Baltimore Ravens, the Miami Dolphins, the Buffalo Bills, and then the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It may be wise for Kevin Stefanski to not only incorporate more magic from Nick Chubb & Kareem Hunt but to keep a close eye on the development of their Elon Musk-like quarterback, Joshua Dobbs. If the Browns drop a couple of more contests in a row, it wouldn’t be shocking to see Dobbs get the nod to be the QB1.

5 takeaways from the Steelers-Browns showdown

Latest takeaways from the Steelers-Brown contest

By: Jake Rajala

The Deshaun Watson-less Cleveland Browns were defeated by their archnemesis in the Pittsburgh Steelers last night. The Browns possess a fine 2-1 record, while the Steelers dropped to 1-2 on the season. With that said, I’m going to untwine five takeaways from the Steelers-Browns showdown.

Nick Chubb show

The Browns RB1, Nick Chubb, certainly spewed havoc on the Steelers defense that was without T.J. Watt. Chubb ousted 23 carries, 113 rushing yards, and 1 touchdown on TNF. At this point, he’s collected 341 rushing yds, 4 rushing TDs, and averaged 5.5 YPC. He holds a monster 88.4 grade by PFF on the season, too.

Devin Bush and Myles Jack

We need commissioner Gordon, to tell the truth, that Devin Bush still stinks. He had six tackles against the Browns, but he hasn’t been anywhere near lethal in 2022. PFF has given Bush a lousy 48.8 grade for his 2022 output at this point. The veteran LB Myles Jack hasn’t been helpful, as well (a 60.3 grade by PFF this season).

Amari Cooper

Kevin Stefanski’s plan is proceeding as expected. Besides Chubb looking like a threat from the RB spot, WR Amari Cooper flashed excellence by hauling in 7 catches for 101 yds (averaging 14.4 YPC) and a TD. Let’s not forget that the former Cowboys WR garnered 9 grabs for 101 yds and a TD the week prior.

Diontae Johnson

The Steelers wideout Diontae Johnson wasn’t a dud with his 8 grabs for 84 yards last night. Johnson has registered 21 catches for 196 yards on the 2022 season thus far. Furthermore, he’s garnered at least 10 targets in each match-up. After inking a two-year contract extension last month, the Steelers WR is set to be a free agent in the 2025 off-season.

Jacoby Brissett

Jacoby Brissett may compete at the over-glorified QB spot, but he was still a sharp figure for the Browns last night. He unveiled 2 passing touchdowns, 220 passing yards, and blatantly took care of the football with zero turnovers. I’m positive that Browns fans are delighted with the improvement in Brissett’s performance from a week ago.

What is the outlook for Kellen Mond?

What to expect from Kellen Mond

By: Jake Rajala

The Cleveland Browns recently signed Kellen Mond – who was the Minnesota Vikings 66th overall pick in the 2021 draft. Mond, who may be related to James Bond, is pegged as the Browns fourth-string QB. He stands behind Deshaun Watson, Jacoby Brissett, and Joshua Dobbs. The former UCLA legend & NFL draft bust Josh Rosen was also added to the Browns practice squad.

Due to the Watson 11-game suspension, I believe CLE wants to beef up their QB room. Brissett is in line to be the Week 1 starter. In 2019, he started 15 games for the Indianapolis Colts. He also threw 18 touchdowns (to 4 interceptions), 2,942 passing yards, and held a 60.9 completion percentage.

The Browns temporary QB2, Dobbs, was a Pittsburgh Steelers fourth-round pick in 2017. Dobbs has thrown 10 completions (out of 17 attempts), a 58.8%, and 1 interception in his career. Let’s not forget that he is also a rocket scientist.

I honestly suspect that Mond will be in a constant battle with Dobbs to be the backup to Brissett. Mond is slightly more athletic than Dobbs, but Dobbs is ahead of him with efficiency in my opinion. Dobbs has thrown 35 completions of 53 attempts, 338 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions this pre-season.

The Elon Musk-like quarterback may have a leg up on Mond, but it’s pivotal to note that Mond is four years younger than Dobbs, too. Dobbs and Brissett are both in CLE on a one-year deal. It’s unclear if the Browns can retain Brissett (especially if he excels in 2022) and even Dobbs. Perhaps Mond can blossom in 2022, which is a developmental year for him, and be the long-term backup to an un-suspended Watson.

Will the Bengals repeat their success in 2022?

Will the Bengals repeat their success?

By: Jake Rajala

The Cincinnati Bengals defied all the odds last season and reached their first Super Bowl in 33 years (which they only narrowly lost to the LA Rams 23-20). They topped the AFC with a 27-24 OT win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City and wrapped up the AFC North Division Title with a 10-7 record. Ja’Marr Chase amassed 175 points, Joe Burrow 153 points, Joe Mixon 150 points, and Tee Higgins 125 points. The next best receiver was tight end C.J. Uzomah with 93 points. It was an outstanding year, but I don’t think it will be repeated. Here’s why:

1: Strength of Schedule.

The Bengals played last season with the fourth-placed schedule in the AFC North. They only played five Playoff teams in their 17 games- the Packers, the Raiders, the Chargers, the Niners, and the Chiefs and they lost three of these games.

In 2022, they have the third most demanding schedule. Aside from the Ravens and Browns in the AFC North, both of whom were injury-ravaged all last season, and the Steelers (who won’t be a pushover despite moving on from Roethlisberger), the Bengals have to play the Cowboys, Saints, Titans, Chiefs, Buccaneers, and the Bills, with honorable mention to the Dolphins (added Tyreek Hill),  and Patriots. If they somehow manage to still make it to the Playoffs we can probably count the Chargers to that list who added Khalil Mack. Last season they won three regular season games by 3 points or less which ultimately made the difference between winning the AFC North and enabling them to go on their postseason run. I don’t think they will be so fortunate this coming season. 

2. Depth of Roster.

As already mentioned the Bengals relied on a small handful of players for most of their points. Burrow and Chase is a deadly combination, but if Chase was to go down injured, what depth do the Bengals have at wide receiver after Higgins and Boyd? Have you ever heard of Mike Thomas, Stanley Morgan, Trent Taylor? The Bengals have these listed as their second wide receivers. Oh, and tight end C.J. Uzomah has left the Bengals.

For a Super Bowl-losing team the Bengals don’t have much depth, and to be fair, they didn’t last season either, but last season they were remarkably injury-free. Of the 32 NFL teams, the Bengals had the 9th healthiest roster and the fourth healthiest in the AFC. They’re unlikely to be as fortunate this coming season.

3. Evan McPherson.

Let’s not pretend the Bengals kicker didn’t significantly impact the Bengals win total last season. Statistics don’t lie:

  • McPherson had 5 game winning walk-off field goals 
  • He Kicked 12/12 in the postseason which is the NFL record
  • He holds the NFL record of 4 field goals kicked in multiple games in a single postseason
  • He was 12/14 field goals of 50+ yards which is another NFL record
  • He was 22/22 on field goals on the road last season
  • He amassed 130 points from field goals last season so contributed the fourth most points on the team

No wonder the Bengals faithful gave him a huge reception when he came on in their preseason friendly loss to the Cardinals, where he didn’t miss a kick, including a 58-yard bomb. As good as he is, 5 walk-off wins are unlikely this upcoming season.

My prediction is the AFC North is likely to be won by the Baltimore Ravens unless Jacoby Brissett performs a lot better than expected for the Cleveland Browns. If the Browns are still in contention by game 12, and the return of Deshaun Watson, there might yet be a late twist in the AFC North Division race.

Takeaways from the Browns 24-13 victory over the Jaguars

Latest takeaways from the Browns 24-13 victory

By: Ivan Mulinder

The Cleveland Browns beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 24 – 13 on Friday, August 12th and there were a number of important takeaways from the game, some good, and some bad. Let’s have a closer look at some of the key analyses.

QB Deshaun Watson 

Deshaun Watson made his Browns debut and looked rusty. This is no great surprise when you consider that his last competitive game was against the Tennessee Titans in Week 17 2020/21 where he threw for 365 yards and 3 touchdowns in a 41-38 loss. Watson threw the ball 5 times with 1 completion for 7 yards, but Anthony Schwartz dropped three of these passes. The Browns have been clear that Jacoby Brissett is getting most of the first team reps in practice so it’s unsurprising that we saw him for such a short period in the game. The good news is his pocket presence looked good and he looked dangerous when scrambling – which is something the Browns lacked with Baker Mayfield. Once he’s back up to game speed Watson is going to be an excellent weapon in the Browns Offense.

C Nick Harris

Unfortunately, Centre Nick Harris suffered an ACL injury to his right knee. Nick had put on weight but kept his mobility and the Browns were hopeful he was going to have a good season. The way he was driven back wasn’t a good omen and now he’s going to have surgery on his knee and will be out for the season. Fortunately, the Browns brought in Ethan Pocic in Free Agency and his backup is Dawson Deaton. Deaton played Guard for Texas Tech and was the Browns 7th Round pick in the 2022 Draft going at number 246. This means he isn’t a starting caliber Centre.  Will the Browns move to bring back JC Tretter? I doubt it as they cut him from their roster, but Billy Price is still available in Free Agency so I wouldn’t be surprised if a move was made for him. 

WR Anthony Schwartz

I’ve mentioned already that Anthony Schwartz had a poor game. He didn’t register any yardage on Friday with multiple drops. Trying to look on the positive side, at least he got into positions to make catches which is more than he achieved in his rookie year in 2021. The Browns Wide Receiver Room remains a concern for me. Amari Cooper, Donovan Peoples-Jones, and David Bell didn’t play and have had a good Training Camp so far, but there is little to excite outside of those three. Michael Woods II was having a good Camp but pulled his hamstring and Javon Wims is now in his 4th season, so if he was going to have an impact you would think he’d have made it by now. Personally, I’d really like to see the Browns move for Will Fuller who is still available in Free Agency. 

CB Martin Emerson Jr

The Browns Cornerback Room has to be one of the deepest, if not the deepest, in the NFL- Denzel Ward, Greg Newsome II, Greedy Williams, AJ Green, and now Martin Emerson.  Emerson looked in total control all night and capped off a superb performance with a Pick 6 going 74 yards at the end of the first half to put the Browns in the lead. The only battle is going to be for the CB6 slot, but Herb Miller also looked good with a fine interception, and he is a 2-year veteran so he understands the game more and is learning from outstanding players. 

RB Jerome Ford 

The Browns love their Running Backs and Jerome Ford was motoring against the Jaguars. He had 10 carries for 57 yards, 5.7 yards per carry, and a rushing touchdown. In addition, he had 4 receptions for 45 yards, with an average of 11.2 yards per reception, and a receiving touchdown. Ford was selected by the Browns in Round 5 of the 2022 Draft with pick 156 and with this performance, and the Browns need at Wide Receiver, it could be that Kareem Hunt is traded to a team that is short of an RB1. With Nick Chubb, D’Ernest Johnson, Demetric Felton, and now Jerome Ford the Browns are loaded at Running Back, with an honorable mention to John Kelly. 

QB Battle

So, the Browns move on to a home game next week against the Philadelphia Eagles where we should begin to see more of their starters playing. However, don’t expect to see Jacoby Brissett on the pitch for long as the QB battle between Joshua Dobbs and Josh Rosen is a fascinating one from the evidence of Friday’s game. Dobbs completed 10 of 13 attempts for 108 yards and a touchdown whereas Rosen went 6 of 7 for 56 yards. It would appear that the Browns have much better depth at QB this season than last year where Case Keenum wasn’t even given the opportunity to start despite Baker’s horrendous injuries. As for all teams let’s hope there are no more serious injuries.

3 winners and 3 losers from the Baker Mayfield trade

Who is the biggest loser from the Baker Mayfield trade?

By: Jake Rajala

The Carolina Panthers officially traded for quarterback Baker Mayfield today. Per NFL.com, the Panthers are delivering a fifth-round draft pick in 2024 to the Browns for the big-arm QB. Mayfield is finally out of his personal Alcatraz (also known as Cleveland), while the underrated Panthers squad acquired a QB that should earn the keys to the offense in Week 1.

With that said, Mayfield (assuming he’s the starting QB) will be in full John Wick-mode in the Panthers contest against the Browns in Week 1. The Browns battle against the Panthers will be an exciting, dramatic, and competitive show-down.

With that enunciated, I’m going to simply untwine three winners and three losers from the blockbuster Mayfield trade.

Winner: Matt Rhule

The Panthers head coach, Matt Rhule, is walking on fewer eggshells after they upgraded the QB position — which previously featured Sam Darnold as the projected starter. Rhule will not only have Christian McCaffrey healthy, but he will have a talented quarterback that can utilize the weapons on a high level if he’s in sync and healthy. Rhule has a record of 10-23, but he should feel a lot more comfortable about the chance of having his first winning record in 2022 with the former Browns QB.

Loser: Sam Darnold

Darnold may express that he’s a “good” quarterback on “Bussin’ with the Boys”, but his 2021 performance was actually dreadful. The former USC stud threw 9 touchdowns to 13 interceptions while ousting a 4-7 record. Plus, the Panthers have a young, potentially better QB to couple with Baker in Matt Corral. Darnold, who is a FA in 2023, will likely be traded soon or looking for a new home after the 2022 season.

Winner: Robbie Anderson

Robby Anderson may not prefer Baker Mayfield in secrecy, but it’s obvious that Mayfield can help the deep threat more than Darnold. Anderson was one of the most under-utilized deep threats in 2021, so it’s time for the Mayfield-Anderson connection to thrive moving forward. Anderson recorded 15 YPC in 2018 and 2019, but he had a career-low (to say the least) 9.8 YPC in 2022.

Loser: New Orleans Saints

The Saints have a healthy QB-WR duo in Jameis Winston and Michael Thomas. Plus, they brought in the Honey Badger (who was All-Pro in 2020 and 2019). Although, they still have a brutal path in 2022 — seventh most challenging schedule. They may be really pushing for a wild-card spot next season, so it’s vital that they don’t cough up a loss against the Panthers.

Winner: Jacoby Brissett

Assuming Deshaun Watson missed at least a large chunk of 2022, Jacoby Brissett is guaranteed as the Browns temporary, starting QB. The 29-year-old QB has a golden opportunity to prove his worth with a Browns offense that features Nick Chubb, Amari Cooper, and Kareem Hunt. Perhaps Brissett can play well and earn an impressive contract with a team like the Jets in the 2023 off-season.

Loser: P.J. Walker

The Panthers 27-year-old quarterback, P.J. Walker, will have a brutal chance of making the Panthers roster with Mayfield onboard. The former XFL QB that threw a touchdown in a Panthers uniform last season will likely not be retained as a fourth-string QB. However, I trust that he will have another opportunity elsewhere at this stage in his career.

What does Jacoby Brissett bring to the Browns?

Can the Browns make the playoffs with Jacoby Brissett?

By: Ivan Mulinder

There is no news yet on whether Deshaun Watson will play in the 2022 season for the Cleveland Browns. He has 24 civil lawsuits against him, but two Texan grand juries said there wasn’t enough evidence for criminal proceedings, so it’s hard to predict what the NFL will do. This article is going to make the assumption that Watson will be banned for a number of games in 2022 (possibly as many as 6+ contests). This leads to the ultimate question: so what are the implications for the Browns upcoming season?

The Cleveland Browns have built a very good roster on both offense and defense, one that should be competing for the AFC North and the AFC Championship, but how much of this expectation is based on Deshaun Watson being the starting QB for the entire season? What is going to happen if Jacoby Brissett starts the first half of the season, or even plays the entire season? To try and answer this question we have to look at his meaningful playing time.

Jacoby Brissett was drafted in the 3rd Round in 2016 with pick 29. This will be his seventh season and he has started 37 of 60 games with 14 wins and 23 losses. He’s had 3 meaningful seasons in terms of playing time under his belt in 2021, 2019 and 2017. Let’s have a look at his stats in those three seasons.

2021 Season Stats

  • Played 11 games
  • 1,283 yards, 116.6 yards per game
  • 141 completions, 62.7% completion rate
  • 5 touchdowns, 4 interceptions
  • Passer Rating 78.1

2019 Season Stats

  • Played 15 games
  • 2,942 yards
  • 272 completions, 60.8% completion rate
  • 18 touchdowns, 6 interceptions
  • Passer Rating 88.0

2017 Season Stats

  • Played 16 games
  • 3,098 yards
  • 276 completions, 58.8% completion rate
  • 13 touchdowns, 7 interceptions
  • Passer Rating 81.7

There’s a lot to potentially like here, but there are also some serious question marks in these stats. On the positive side, a Passer Rating of over 80 is considered to be good for a QB. Jacoby Brissett can therefore be considered a good QB. When given enough playing time he has accumulated some very good total yardage (with 2 of his 3 seasons averaging 3,000 yards). In both 2019 and 2021, he had a decent completion % and he is capable of putting some rushing yards on the ground if required with 260 rushing yards in 2017 and 228 in 2019. He rarely fumbles the ball with only 3 fumbles each in seasons 2017 & 2019.

On the other hand, there is clearly a lack of touchdowns. Good QBs would be expected to hit over 20+ in a season with closer to 30 being ideal. His interception rate per touchdown isn’t comfortable reading and his win-loss record has always been negative. In 2017 – he went 4-11 with the Colts and in 2019 he went 7-8. Statistically, he consistently ranks between 20-30 in the QB rankings depending on what data you look at. For example, with his air yards per attempt in 2021, he ranked 27th.

There are signs that the Cleveland Browns have a QB in Jacoby Brissett that can keep them competitive if he’s asked to start the first 6-8 games. The Colts went 7-8 in 2019, but they started the season 5-2. In the last two games, Brissett won two contests: beating Baltimore 22-10 (with 11 completions for 156 yards and a completion percentage of 70.2%) & Houston 17-9 (with 26 completions for 244 yards and a completion percentage of 64.5%). In addition, take a look at these more advanced passing rankings for last season:

  • Deep Ball Catchable Pass Rate 1st
  • Pressured Accuracy Rating 2nd
  • Red Zone Accuracy Rating 2nd
  • Accuracy Rating v Zone 2nd
  • Clean Pocket Accuracy Rating 4th
  • Deep Ball Accuracy Rating 7th

The Browns have a very strong run game with possibly the best OL in the NFL. With the run game getting Brissett to the Red Zone where he’s very accurate, and his OL giving him great protection to throw deep balls in a clean pocket, where he’s also very accurate, the Browns Front Office might just have the perfect backup for their first half of the season. Who do the Browns play in their first 6-8 games? In their first 6 games they play:

  • @ Carolina (win?)
  • v NY Jets (win?)
  • v Pittsburgh (win?)
  • @ Atlanta (win?)
  • v Chargers
  • v New England (win?)

The Browns then play away in Baltimore before another home game against Cincinnati followed by their Bye week. If Watson is banned for the first 6 games the season isn’t over for the Browns with Brissett more than capable of managing game wins over most of their opponents. However, if Watson gets 8+ game bans then we have to remember that Brissett is a 3rd Round pick and the stats would suggest that the more games he plays the more average to below-average he becomes. He is a backup QB and the Browns need Deshaun Watson playing if they’re going to win Championships.

Cleveland Browns free agency outlook and rumors

Latest Browns free agency outlook

By: Ivan Mulinder

The Browns have had an excellent Free Agency so far. In the PFF Off-season Improvement Index, they have been ranked the 4th most improved team behind the Broncos, Colts, and Raiders. To date they have brought in:

  • WR Amari Cooper
  • QB Deshaun Watson
  • QB Jacoby Brissett
  • WR Jakeem Grant
  • OLB/DE Chase Winovich
  • DT Taven Bryan

They’ve resigned:

  • TE David Njoku
  • OT Chris Hubbard
  • LB Anthony Walker

Not only have the Browns brought in quality players in their positions of most need, but Andrew Berry has also been creating Cap space in the process. Currently, the Browns have a Cap space of $36,762,641 which is the second-highest in the NFL. Let’s take a look at the Browns new additions in more detail.

Amari Cooper is one of the league’s best route runners and stretches the field which is something the Browns have been desperate to achieve for the last 2 years. In 2021 Cooper totaled 865 yards with an average of 12.7 per reception and scored 8 touchdowns. He has scored 27 touchdowns in the last 4 years and is undoubtedly the Browns new WR1. He fits the Browns preferred no-nonsense style and most of his salary went into a signing bonus with the rest stretched out by adding 2 void years. 

Jakeem Grant is a slot WR and has been brought in as the Browns new Kick and Punt returner. He’s only scored 3 touchdowns in the last 3 years, but they have all been from returns. He has returned over 300 punt yards for each of the last two years including a touchdown both years, and in 2021 he returned 539 yards on kicks. In 2019 he returned 578 yards on kicks including another touchdown for 101 yards. 

Deshaun Watson is one of the top 5 NFL Quarterbacks. In 2020 he threw for 4,823 yards and 33 touchdowns. He’s as mobile as he’s accurate with a Relative Athletic Score of 9.24. He’s arguably the best QB the Browns have had in their entire history; amongst Browns QBs his 2020 data ranks 1st in passing yards/year, 1st in touchdowns/year, 1st in completion % (70.2%), and 1st in rushing yards (444).

Jacoby Brissett is probably going to be the Browns starting QB in 2022 assuming Watson gets a ban on games. Interestingly PFF graded him 15 of 38 qualifying starters last season, 2 behind Mahomes and ahead of Russell Wilson! The NFL ranked him 34 of 62, but we need to remember that the Miami O Line was incredibly poor and he still managed a 62.9% completion percentage. He’s 29, 6.4 and 238 lbs. His best year was in 2019 when he threw 2,942 yards and 18 touchdowns, with only 6 interceptions and a completion percentage of 60.9%. His QB play is better than these stats look and he’s certainly a very capable backup to Watson, although the Browns clearly want Watson to start as soon as possible.

Chase Winovich is 6.3, 250 lbs, and is already proving a hit with Browns fans on Twitter. His data speaks louder than his tweets, fortunately, proclaiming that the Browns have picked up a quality OLB. He fell out of favor with the Patriots in 2021, but in 2020 he had 5.5 sacks, 33 solo tackles, 6 tackles for loss, and 12 QB hits. If he produces that form again then the Browns Defense has significantly improved, and let’s face it, it was very good already.

Taven Bryan is a former first-round pick No. 29 from the Jacksonville Jaguars who’s only 26 and is 6.5, 291 lbs. He’s on a 1 year $5 million prove-it deal as he’s never quite lived up to his status in Florida. The good news is he’s consistently played 15+ games every season and last year got 2 sacks, 8 QB hits, and 4 tackles for loss. The Browns DT room is barren and Bryan is a much-needed pick-up.

Of their re-signed players David Njoku is the standout player so far with a 67.9% catch percentage and 9 yards per target with zero fumbles. This is the best data of his career and he will become the Browns TE1 following the release of Austin Hooper. Chris Hubbard is a very important depth piece on the Browns O Line and Anthony Walker amassed 113 tackles last season which is the second-best of his career.

Looking ahead to further signings the Browns are linked closely to the following players:

  • DE Jadeveon Clowney
  • DE Za’Darius Smith
  • WR Will Fuller
  • DT Akiem Hicks
  • DE Danielle Hunter

The Browns want another quality DE opposite Garrett before going into the Draft. Last season it was Clowney who has been offered a 2 year $24 million deal. Personally, I’d prefer Melvin Ingram who has a much higher PFF Run Defense grade than Clowney- 76.7 compared to 62.8, and a higher pass rush grade- 77.3 compared to 69.1. Comparing total pressures they’re very similar with both over 50. Danielle Hunter from the Vikings had 6 sacks, 6 tackles for loss and 10 QB hits last season and has 35 sacks in 39 games so would be a very good addition if he arrived.

Will Fuller would be a very exciting Wide Receiver addition. In 2020, with Watson as his QB on Go/Fly/Fade routes he was 1st in receiving yards (292), and Watson has a Passer Rating of 152.1 which was 1st. Like Amari Cooper Fuller would stretch the field as his longest reception in 2020 was 77 yards and he scored 8 touchdowns.

Akiem Hicks is just the run stuffer that the Browns have needed and never had for years. He’s 6.4, 330 lbs, and a 2 gap run blocker that collapses the pocket enabling linebackers to fly about and do their thing. Imagine JOK, Jacob Phillips, Sione Takitaki, and Winovich with the freedom to play?!

3 Potential Landing Spots for Jacoby Brissett

Will Jacoby Brissett be a Colt in 2021?

By: Trenton Roberts (Twitter: @TRobertsNFL)

The 2021 quarterback market has already gotten off to a hot start, with John Stafford and Jared Goff swapping teams on Sunday. The trade market includes many names that might be made available, including Carson Wentz, Deshaun Watson, Sam Darnold, Kirk Cousins, and even Aaron Rodgers.

Looking at the Free Agency group, however, you find a much bleaker picture. Led by young star Dak Prescott, the class looks fine, but considering the likelihood that he returns to Dallas, the class is left with Cam Newton, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Jacoby Brissett leading the charge.

With many teams still in need of a starter, there is a strong possibility that one or more of these names find a starting role in 2021. Today, we will look at just one of those names: Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett.

Brissett started 15 games in both 2017 and 2019 for the Colts, with Andrew Luck being injured for most of the 2017 campaign followed by his surprising retirement prior to the 2019 season.

As one of the few quarterbacks with starting experience available, Brissett will likely be a hot commodity come the opening of free agency. Despite a 12-20 career record as a starter, the following teams are likely to give the signal-caller a long look this offseason:

New England Patriots:

This is the most obvious landing spot for Brissett, and everyone who watched the NFL prior to 2017 should understand why.

Brissett has past experience with this team.

In 2016, Brissett started 2 games for New England after both Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo went down to injury. He split those games, finishing with one win and one loss, and throwing for 400 yards while rushing for another 83 and a score.

Since Brady left in the 2020 offseason, the team has thrown a combined 12 touchdowns (2 from a receiver) to 14 picks. The Cam Newton experiment was a colossal failure, as despite his 12 rushing scores, the team fell to 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the first time since the 2008 season.

Brissett makes sense for the team, as he has prior experience with coach Bill Belicheck and many of the players on the roster.

Chicago Bears:

The Chicago Bears are a struggling team.

With the failure of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky still stinging, the team is propped up by a strong defense each year.

Unfortunately, that strong defense is also what’s keeping them out of the running for a new quarterback.

Since losing in the wildcard round in 2018, the Bears have finished 8-8 in each of their past two seasons, leading to them picking in the mid-late teens each season. Unable to draft a new young option, they are now left scrambling to find the piece they need to lead their offense to the playoffs.

Brissett might be that guy.

In his career, Brissett has thrown 31 touchdowns to just 13 interceptions, making him a great candidate to fill in a similar role to Titans QB Ryan Tannehill. In Tennessee, Tannehill has found success as an efficient passer for a run-based offense and a strong defense. Brissett may be to Chicago what Tannehill has been for the Titans.

If that is the case, the Bears must at least consider this option for their future.

Indianapolis Colts:

This one makes so much yet so little sense at the same time.

If Brissett were to return to Indianapolis, he would return as a fan and teammate favorite, although likely as a backup. With the Colts looking to add a quarterback this offseason to push the team further into the playoffs, Brissett returning as a starter wouldn’t make sense.

However, if the team were to bring in a quarterback similar to Philip Rivers, one that lacked mobility, a return could make a lot more sense than one would think.

As the backup to Rivers in 2020, Brissett found a surprisingly large role in the offense, taking the majority of the short yardage snaps.

On 47 offensive snaps, Brissett was very effective:

  • Rushing: 17 attempts, 19 yards, 3 touchdowns, 9 first downs
  • 2 completions, 8 attempts, 17 yards 1 first down

His efficiency on these short-yardage and goal-line snaps was amazing, so it isn’t out of the question that the Colts would want to bring him back to fill a similar role (albeit for cheaper) in 2021.

Closing:

In a 2021 free agency class that doesn’t feature the same quality as the 2020 class, there will be a few quarterbacks who find a new home this offseason.

Jacoby Brissett could return to a starting role this offseason, and would bring excitement and a fun personality to whichever team decides to bring him in.

With many options open, Brissett could very well be starting for his third team in his career come August.

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