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The Cleveland Browns begin preparing for life without Deshaun Watson

The AFC North rivals are starting to prepare for not having their starting QB to start the season.

Cleveland Browns Madatory Minicamp Photo by Nick Cammett/Diamond Images via Getty Images

The AFC North, at least on paper, is considered to be one of the toughest divisions in the NFL this season. The quarterbacks for the teams who call the division home, mainly the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals, are all thought to be elite.

But for the Browns, their situation is unique. No, they aren’t replacing a legend like the Pittsburgh Steelers, they are dealing with losing their starting quarterback, Deshaun Watson, for a lengthy period of time.

The length of Watson’s suspension is not known at this time, but reports are suggesting the Browns are expecting a suspension of at least eight games. With that in mind, the team has started the process of filling out the depth chart with Watson out of the lineup.

According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, the Browns are working out A.J. McCarron and Josh Rosen to be potential backups to Jacoby Brissett.

If you were like me, you saw these reports and thought, “What about Joshua Dobbs??”

Dobbs was signed as a free agent this past offseason, and most thought he would round out the quarterback depth chart, even if Watson’s suspension was a lengthy one. With the talks of adding another arm, it seems Dobbs might be getting pushed down the depth chart — again.

There have even been rumors of the Browns flirting with a trade for Jimmy Garropolo of the San Francisco 49ers, but those are to just be considered rumors at this point.

In the meantime, the Steelers are preparing for life without Roethlisberger as they report to training camp at Saint Vincent College on July 26th. Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they prepare for the 2022 regular season.