Andrew Berry: Deshaun Watson won’t “shoulder everything” in return

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Browns General Manager Andrew Berry discussed a variety of topics during a Wednesday press conference, including quarterback Deshaun Watson‘s impending return to action.

Watson is nearing the end of his 11-game suspension and has been at the team’s facility for meetings and conditioning work over the last few weeks. Berry said “it’s been great to have him back in the building” and confirmed that the plan is for him to start against the Texans when he’s first eligible to play in Week 13.

Berry doesn’t want the expectations to be too high for Watson’s return to action. Berry said that it’s “not really our mindset” to expect Watson to carry the team once he returns to game action for the first time since the 2020 season.

“We spent a lot of time with Deshaun in the spring in camp and banked a lot of good reps during the time,” Berry said, via Mary Kay Cabot of “That being said, like I don’t think that our approach isn’t to, really any quarterback, but you know, certainly with the time that Deshaun has had off to expect him to shoulder everything. That’s not necessarily how the team is designed or, you know put together. I don’t know that that would be a fair ask for any quarterback. In a couple weeks, we’ll be in that world where we’re getting him ready to play and we’ll handle it appropriately.”

Given what the Browns gave up for Watson, high expectations are going to be something he and the team will have to deal with regardless of how long that it’s been since he was on the field. Until then, they’ll hope that last Monday’s win over the Bengals isn’t the last they’ll celebrate with Jacoby Brissett running the offense.

20 responses to “Andrew Berry: Deshaun Watson won’t “shoulder everything” in return

  1. Few people outside of Cleveland are rooting for Watson. He will have a ton of pressure on him and I do not expect him to play well the first few games. Based on what happens the next few weeks the Browns are playing for next season.

  2. Lol. He thinks the fans they have left will be patient… they gave up the future for him, fans expect success, the team is on the verge of a complete overhaul. Fans will not take that failure kindly.

  3. Berry seems like a decent guy and is clearly very intelligent. I for one have grown tired of the optimistic talk without results.

  4. If the Browns have 5 wins when they get to Watson they could make some noise in the playoff picture…

  5. Watching the Browns go something close to 4-7 before Massage Man returns as QB, is going to be interesting, indeed.

  6. His salary is cheap this year.
    It’s 50+ starting next year.
    Have fun managing the cap Cleveland.

  7. If they do make him shoulder everything he’ll probably need to go get massages to make the shoulder feel better… so yeah, not a good idea

  8. I don’t want to see any broadcast or coverage of the Browns. If they are on TV, the TV is off. Enough of the NFL double standards. This sexual predator should be banned for life.

  9. If he does end up shouldering it all I am sure he can go get a massage to work it out….

  10. carloswlassiter says:
    November 3, 2022 at 7:14 am
    Not too late for a SB run in Cleveland.


    This will never happen. All they did was set their team back another 5 years with this ignorant trade and contract. Been saying it from day one. Watson has not won in the NFL even though he had elite receiving. His stats are all garbage time throws playing from behind. He will be worse than Wilson is in Denver. Bank on it.

  11. pftpro says:
    November 3, 2022 at 7:40 am
    If the Browns have 5 wins when they get to Watson they could make some noise in the playoff picture…

    Really? Watson hasn’t played in 2 years, it will take half a season just to work the rust off. Watson’s return might result in 2 wins over the last 6 games at best. He’ll be out of sync and his timing will be off.

  12. For that kind of money he’d better get up-to-speed REALLY fast. Imagine all the headaches and that huge contract and then have him come out looking average at best.

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