Cleveland Browns quarterback Jacoby Brissett watches from the sideline during the NFL football team's football training camp in Berea on Tuesday.

Brissett Camp 2

Promoted by default, Browns QB Jacoby Brissett takes lead role

Closure in Cleveland has been a matter of perspective, but Browns backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett kept his eyes focused on the same plan: Be ready when your number is called.

Deshaun Watson’s 11-game suspension means the Browns will have Brissett under center into December.

“We have a plan, and we’re going along with the plan,” Brissett said on Friday.

Brissett, 29, learned Thursday along with the rest of the league how long Watson would be sidelined by a league suspension for violating the personal-conduct policy.

“Since I’ve been in this league it’s been the next man up,” Brissett said. “That was the case my rookie year, so that experience helps with not only the playing but with the mindset of understanding that you’ve got to be ready whenever your number is called.”

Though he hasn’t debuted this preseason and could be kept on the sideline to preserve the depth chart, Brissett said he’s using practices and scrimmages to get more comfortable with the offense.

“I use these practices as my game,” Brissett said.

Brissett brings a wealth of starting experience from his stints with the New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins. Behind him is former first-round pick Josh Rosen, and the Browns still could add an arm during Watson’s suspension.

Watson is first eligible to return to the Browns on Nov. 28.

Brissett started five games last year as Tua Tagovailoa’s backup in Miami and made 30 total starts with the Colts from 2017-20.

“He has a very good way about him,” Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said. “Very, very intelligent. Very good leader. Has the ability to make plays on the practice field, help in the meeting room. Be accountable throughout the weight room. He just does all the right things.”

–Field Level Media

Cleveland Browns quarterback Jacoby Brissett watches from the sideline during the NFL football team's training camp in Berea on Tuesday.

Brissett Camp 2

Browns shift attention to readying Jacoby Brissett

Jacoby Brissett is sliding up from the second chair in the quarterback room again as the Cleveland Browns shift from bracing for Deshaun Watson’s ban to preparing to play into October without him.

Brissett, 29, said his preparation won’t change a great deal other than the expectation that more of the first-team reps are coming his way with Watson expected to be suspended six games for violating the NFL’s off-field conduct policy.

“Since I’ve been in this league it’s been the next man up,” Brissett said of getting ready for Week 1 against the Carolina Panthers. “That was the case my rookie year, so that experience helps with not only the playing but with the mindset of understanding that you’ve got to be ready whenever your number is called.”

Brissett brings a wealth of starting experience from his stints with the New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins. Behind him is former first-round pick Josh Rosen, and the Browns still could add an arm during Watson’s suspension.

But head coach Kevin Stefanski said he plans to allow his preparation to remain day-to-day.

“I’ve just tried to be where my feet are,” Stefanski said of the mindset not to get ahead of himself with hypothetical challenges.

But having Brissett makes that possible. He started five games last year as Tua Tagovailoa’s backup in Miami and made 30 total starts with the Colts from 2017-20.

“He has a very good way about him,” Stefanski said. “Very, very intelligent. Very good leader. Has the ability to make plays on the practice field, help in the meeting room. Be accountable throughout the weight room. He just does all the right things.”

–Field Level Media

Sep 19, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) attempts a pass against the Buffalo Bills during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Dolphins placing QB Tua Tagovailoa (ribs) on IR

The Miami Dolphins are placing quarterback Tua Tagovailoa on injured reserve with broken ribs, NFL Network reported Saturday.

Tagovailoa will miss the next three games, starting with Sunday’s road contest against the Las Vegas Raiders. He would be eligible to return from IR for the Week 6 home date with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Jacoby Brissett will start at quarterback for the Dolphins (1-1) on Sunday against the Raiders (2-0).

Tagovailoa came away with the injury in the first quarter of last week’s loss at Buffalo when A.J. Epenesa sacked him on a fourth-and-2 pass attempt.

Brissett, a six-year NFL veteran in his first season in Miami, has 32 career starts in 51 games.

Brissett relieved Tagovailoa and completed 24 of 40 passes for 169 yards and one interception in the 35-0 loss to the Bills.

–Field Level Media

Miami Dolphins Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1), falls to the ground as he ties to leave the field  after being sacked by Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Daryl Williams (75) during first quarter action of their NFL game at Hard Rock Stadium Sunday in Miami Gardens. Tagovailoa did not return to action. BILL INGRAM/ Palm Beach Post

Dolphins V Bills 02

Report: Tests on Tua Tagovailoa’s ribs come back clean

An MRI conducted on Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s ribs came back clean Monday, NFL reported.

X-rays on Tagovailoa’s ribs also were negative Sunday after he was carted to the locker room following a hard shot from Buffalo Bills defensive end A.J. Epenesa in the first quarter.

Tagovailoa’s availability for Week 3 is uncertain at this point. With a game coming up against the Las Vegas Raiders (2-0), it’ll be about pain tolerance playing with bruised ribs, per the report.

Tagovailoa completed 1 of 4 passes for 13 yards and was sacked twice before exiting after just two possessions.

Jacoby Brissett, who replaced Tagovailoa on Sunday, likely would get the call for the Dolphins (1-1) if the second-year QB is unable to go.

Brissett finished 24 for 40 for 169 yards and an interception in the 35-0 mauling by the Bills. Brissett was sacked four times in the loss.

–Field Level Media

Jan 9, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett (7) warms up prior to a AFC Wild Card game against the Buffalo Bills at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Colts next QB odds: Jacoby Brissett early frontrunner

The only quarterback currently on the Indianapolis Colts’ roster under contract for next season is Jacob Eason.

Considering the 2020 fourth-round pick has yet to take a snap in an NFL regular-season game, it’s fair to assume the Colts will be in the market for a veteran quarterback following Philip Rivers’ retirement on Wednesday.

Indianapolis signed Rivers to a one-year deal in 2020 after Jacoby Brissett failed to convince the team he was the long-term answer after signing a two-year, $30 million contract in 2019.

Brissett is also a pending free agent after throwing for just 17 yards on eight pass attempts in mop-up duty this season. That came after throwing for 2,942 yards, 18 touchdowns and six interceptions while starting 15 games in 2019.

Do coach Frank Reich and the Colts believe the 28-year-old is ready for another crack at the starting job? Reich repeatedly referred to signing Rivers last offseason as a rare opportunity, and still may believe that Brissett truly is a starting-caliber quarterback.

But does Brissett want to return to Indy, or perhaps pursue one of the several starting quarterback jobs expected to be up for grabs around the NFL?

He was installed as the +300 favorite by SportsBetting.ag to take the first snap for the Colts in Week 1 shortly after Rivers announced his retirement Wednesday.

Just behind him is Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford, who is under contract with the Lions. However, there is speculation that he may want a fresh start elsewhere with franchise hiring a new general manager and coach.

Another pending free agent is Andy Dalton (+500), who finished last season as the Dallas Cowboys’ starter after Dak Prescott’s ankle injury.

Eason’s odds of starting for the Colts in Week 1 are being offered at +800, followed by journeymen backups Brian Hoyer (+1000) and Chase Daniel (+1200).

The Colts’ first pick in the 2021 NFL Draft is current 21st overall. Should the Colts stay put, quarterbacks who may be available include Alabama’s Mac Jones and Florida’s Kyle Trask. They would likely have to move up to snap BYU’s Zac Wilson or North Dakota State’s Trey Lance.

SportsBetting.ag is offering a rookie quarterback starting Week 1 for Indianapolis at +1200.

It’s unlikely the Colts will be in contention for a blockbuster deal for Deshaun Watson (+1600) if for no other reason than the Houston Texas would not trade him to a division rival and face Watson twice a season.

Another option could be trading for Philadelphia’s Carson Wentz (+2000), whose development his first two seasons came under the watch of Reich as the Eagles’ offensive coordinator.

Colts Next QB Odds (SportsBetting.ag):
Jacoby Brissett +300
Matthew Stafford +400
Andy Dalton +500
Jacob Eason +800
Brian Hoyer +1000
Chase Daniel +1200
Rookie Quarterback +1200
Jameis Winston +1600
Deshaun Watson +1600
Nick Foles +2000
Carson Wentz +2000
Teddy Bridgewater +2500
Jimmy Garoppolo +2500
Alex Smith +2500
Dak Prescott +3300
Taylor Heinicke +3300
Ryan Fitzpatrick +4000
Marcus Mariota +4000
Sam Darnold +5000
Drew Lock +5000
Cam Newton +5000
Mitchell Trubisky +5000
Jared Goff +6600
Matt Ryan +6600
Ben Roethlisberger +10000

–Field Level Media