The Cleveland Browns are still waiting to see what the near future holds for their presumed starting quarterback, Deshaun Watson.
In the meantime, they have plans to work out two former backup quarterbacks for the Atlanta Falcons.
According to a report from ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, veteran quarterbacks AJ McCarron and Josh Rosen will get some reps in Cleveland this week.
The Cleveland Browns are working out quarterbacks this week, including veterans AJ McCarron and Josh Rosen, according to sources. Cleveland looks to go to training camp with four quarterbacks, with Jacoby Brissett as QB1 depending on what happens with Deshaun Watson’s status.
– Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) July 21, 2022
If Watson faces a suspension, current backup QB Jacoby Brissett is expected to move up to QB1, which would leave Rosen or McCarron for the backup spot.
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McCarron is “ready” for his return to the NFL.
McCarron signed with the Falcons last offseason as Matt Ryan’s backup. However, his stint in Atlanta didn’t last long after tearing his ACL in the preseason.
Now, just days away from training camp, McCarron is “ready” to bounce back.
The free-agent QB recently joined NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football” to talk about his recovery process in hopes of getting back on the field.
“You never know what the future holds, what it is in this game, so I’m ready, waiting for a call. But right now, I’m enjoying my time off and being able to be a father and be with my three kids for the first time in a long time.”
McCarron remains confident in himself and believes he still has plenty of juice left as an established backup QB.
“I think I can always play,” McCarron said. “I’ve never questioned that. But I think if you ask anyone who’s been in the QB room with me, I’ve been a fantastic teammate, too. Listen, whether it’s teaching a young guy or being there for an older guy, I love being a part of the room. I feel like I have a good personality, a great teammate and good energy to have around.”
After losing McCarron to a season-ending injury, the Falcons signed Rosen. The former college standout and first-round pick appeared in just four games for Atlanta, completing two of 11 passes for 19 yards and two interceptions.
Watson’s projected suspension
Watson is rumored to face a 2-8 game suspension from the NFL after 24 masseuses accused him of sexual misconduct during sessions while playing for the Texans.
NFL disciplinary office and former federal judge Sue L. Robinson will determine in the coming days whether or not Watson violated the league’s personal conduct policy, followed by appropriate punishment.
According to Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports, Watson and the NFL Players Association already plan to file suit against the league in federal court if Robinson and the NFL decide to suspend him for a year.
Another note: if Watson ends up incurring the full-year suspension sought by the #NFL, either from the arbitrator or from a league appeal of Robinson’s decision, I’m told his camp and the @NFLPA already made the decision to file suit. against the league in federal court.