Deshaun Watson did not play for the Browns in Week 4, although his shoulder injury has been medically cleared.But general manager Andrew Berry tell reporters On Wednesday, he was “optimistic” that the problem would not persist long-term. He also defended the team’s decision to trade backup Josh Dobbs before the season, calling it “the right move for the team.”
“We’re optimistic about (Deshaun) playing,” Berry said of Watson’s absence last Sunday, according to Cleveland.com. “He’s optimistic that he’s going to be able to play. He worked hard throughout the week. Rehabilitation and ready to go. When we went out on Sunday and took him through pregame warmups, it became clear to all of us that he “wasn’t pitching or running the ball well enough to make a difference in the game. He just Not to the level where we thought he would ultimately be able to perform the responsibilities of his position.”
Still, Berry expects Watson’s shoulder to “heal in the short term,” leaving the quarterback on track to return in Week 6 against the 49ers after his bye week in Cleveland. As for the team’s Watson insurance, Berry thinks the upside of rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson justifies sending Dobbs to the Cardinals before the 2022 season, despite the latter’s performance as a backup in Arizona. outstanding.
“As far as trading Josh, obviously we think highly of Josh,” Berry said, according to Yahoo! Sporty. “He’s been here for two seasons. I talk a lot about the general manager’s role here, being anchored in the present, anchored in the future. There was that element of that consideration in that deal. (We) “We thought it was the most Good decision. We’re excited to work with Dorian and see his progress and development. But (we) think it’s the right move for the organization, both short-term and long-term.”