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Deshaun Watson "Really Actually Ahead Of Schedule"

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson (shoulder) was recently throwing during 7-on-7 drills. While that was a promising sign for fantasy managers, general manager Andrew Berry painted a more encouraging picture. "First and foremost, Deshaun has really worked his tail off," Berry told the media on Monday. "He's really actually ahead of schedule. He's thrown the ball well." The 28-year-old should be ready to go for Week 1 after undergoing shoulder surgery in November. But the real question is if he'll bounce back from a forgettable 2023-24 campaign. Although there's a good chance Watson will, he's still hard to trust to be the No. 1 signal-caller on any fantasy roster.

Jun 17, 2024 8:48 PM EST


Deshaun Watson Throwing At Minicamp

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson (shoulder) is throwing the football in 7-on-7 drills on the first day of mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, which is something he didn't do at voluntary organized team activities last month. It's a big step for Watson, who required surgery last November to fix a displaced glenoid fracture in his right shoulder. The 28-year-old has tangible QB1 upside when healthy, but he hasn't really been healthy since returning from a suspension that kept him out for all of 2021. As long as he doesn't suffer any setbacks, Watson should be a full-go for training camp this summer and be ready for Week 1 of the regular season. Because he's dealing with a unique injury to his throwing arm, Watson should be considered a QB2 in fantasy in 2024 with upside for more if he proves he's completely past the injury.

Jun 11, 2024 2:25 PM EST



Deshaun Watson Throwing Every Other Day

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson (shoulder) is throwing every other day as he continues to rehab from his season-ending shoulder surgery last year, according to head coach Kevin Stefanski. Watson was seen throwing passes at organized team activities on Tuesday, which means he took the day off on Wednesday while still taking part in individual and team drills. Stefanski said that Watson is "making great progress" and "looked like himself to me" after having surgery last November to fix a displaced fracture to the glenoid in his right shoulder. General manager Andrew Berry said he expects Watson to be ready for the start of the 2024 regular season. The 28-year-old has clear QB1 upside when healthy, but the three-time Pro Bowler is also a pretty big injury risk, as he's played in just 12 games with Cleveland the last two seasons due to injuries and suspension.

May 23, 2024 2:01 PM EST


Deshaun Watson To Take Wednesday Off

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson (shoulder) threw on the first day of organized team activities on Tuesday but is scheduled for a day off on Wednesday, the only day of the week open to the media. Dorian Thompson-Robinson (hip) is still recovering from his hip injury and is also not expected to throw Wednesday. Watson threw during some individual drills on Tuesday and looked great after having offseason right-shoulder surgery. He said Dr. Neal ElAttrache wants him to be conservative during OTAs and minicamp so that he can be as healthy as possible for training camp this summer. Watson had his fractured shoulder socket and partially torn labrum fix in November. The 28-year-old said he's throwing full speed, and he should be ready for Week 1 of the regular season as long as he doesn't have any setbacks before then. Watson has QB1 appeal in fantasy, but he's also a big injury risk.

May 22, 2024 1:15 PM EST


Browns Still Confident In Deshaun Watson

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson (shoulder) has had well-documented struggles since being traded from the Houston Texans ahead of the 2022 season. He's appeared in just 12 games over the last two years, completing just under 60% of his passes for 2,217 yards, 14 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions. Those stats are far from his days of MVP contention with Houston, but Browns general manager Andrew Berry remains confident. "Obviously, he's been rehabbing the shoulder injury, but he is well on his way there and in a really strong spot," Berry said. "We do expect to hit the ground running on that side of the ball, and I know he is very excited about returning to the playing field and getting over this injury. We have high expectations for him and the offense this season." Watson missed Week 4, 6, and 8 last season and played just a handful of snaps in Week 7 before returning in Week 9. He was then placed on season-ending Injured Reserve ahead of Week 11. A combination of poor play and injuries has put a bleak outlook on his career, and 2024 could be his last chance to prove he belongs as a starter in Cleveland. All that said, backup quarterback Jameis Winston is an intriguing stash option in Superflex and dynasty leagues.

May 6, 2024 4:54 PM EST



Deshaun Watson Says He's "Throwing Full Speed"

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson (shoulder) told reporters on Tuesday that he is "throwing full speed" with no limitations on motion or velocity. The 28-year-old said he's making 40-yard and 60-yard throws while following his doctor's lead, and the plan is for him to participate in OTAs in late May or early June in some capacity. However, the former Pro Bowl quarterback and the organization are likely to be careful with him during that time and focus on getting him 100% ready for training camp. Watson was limited to just six games last year before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury, and he has only played in 12 total games over the last three years. Although it's been a long time since he has delivered strong fantasy numbers, his QB21 price tag in early FFPC drafts makes him worth taking a flier on for the 2024 campaign.

Apr 16, 2024 4:09 PM EST


Deshaun Watson Says He'll Be Ready For Week 1

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson (shoulder) said that he'll be ready for Week 1 of the 2024 regular season after having shoulder surgery last year. Watson also said recently that he's "in a great spot" and has "plenty of time to ramp up the throwing sessions" this offseason after having surgery on Nov. 21 to fix a displaced glenoid fracture in his right shoulder. The 28-year-old probably won't do everything during offseason workouts this spring, but he should be ready to go in full this summer at training camp. Watson has only played in 12 games over the last three seasons due to injury and suspension, but he remains the Browns' starter under center and still has the talent to be a midrange QB1 with the weapons he has around him in Cleveland.

Apr 4, 2024 2:00 PM EST


Deshaun Watson Making Good Progress

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson (shoulder) said on his QB Unplugged podcast that he's making good progress this offseason after suffering a fracture in his right shoulder last year that cut his season short. "The situation is good," Watson said. "We're in a great spot, right where we need to be. We have plenty of time to ramp up the throwing sessions and things like that, but everything is going pretty smooth." As of right now, the Browns don't have any reason to believe that Watson won't be ready for the start of the 2024 season this fall. However, the 28-year-old signal-caller isn't fully cleared yet. We'll continue to provide updates on Watson's progress this offseason. As long as he's ready to go for Week 1, he'll be in the QB1 conversation despite playing in just 12 games the last three years due to injury and suspension.

Apr 2, 2024 2:15 PM EST


Deshaun Watson Could Begin Throwing Tuesday

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson (shoulder) could begin light throwing as early as Tuesday. Watson's 2023 season ended early and he had surgery on Nov. 21 to fix a displaced fracture in his right shoulder socket. The Browns are going to bring the 28-year-old starter along slowly this offseason, but as long as he doesn't encounter any setbacks, he should be ready for training camp this summer and the start of the 2024 season. Watson has been rehabbing in Los Angeles with quarterbacks coach Quincy Avery and is now ready to start throwing the ball around. The former first-rounder in 2017 out of Clemson by the Texans has now had two straight disappointing seasons in Cleveland after being suspended for all of 2021. He should still be considered a QB1 in fantasy, but his stock is certainly down after playing only 12 games the last two years.

Mar 19, 2024 2:14 PM EST


Deshaun Watson To Begin Throwing In March

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson (shoulder) is set to begin throwing again in March, according to general manager Andrew Berry. The 28-year-old was placed on season-ending injured reserve following the Week 10 game against the Baltimore Ravens and underwent surgery on his throwing shoulder. Despite Watson's struggles in 12 games over two years with the franchise (14 touchdowns and nine interceptions), it seems the Browns are committed to rolling into the 2024 campaign with him under center. "He's worked his tail off in terms of his rehab and recovery," Berry said. "He's in a really good place. We're excited for when the spring hits and we can get him back on the field. He's making really good progress and we're really excited to see that continue." Watson has limited fantasy upside based on what we've seen over the last few seasons, but his QB22 price tag in early FFPC best ball drafts makes him an intriguing dice roll.

Feb 27, 2024 4:42 PM EST


Browns Need To Give Deshaun Watson More Weapons

The Cleveland Browns' vertical passing game didn't really take off until quarterback Deshaun Watson (shoulder) was already out for the year with a shoulder injury in November of last year. Cleveland feels good having receiver Amari Cooper and tight end David Njoku leading their pass-catching group, but the rest of the bunch has plenty of question marks. The Athletic's Zac Jackson suggests that the Browns need more speed, and probably more size and consistency, at the position. They will almost certainly add to their receiver room in both March (in free agency) and in April (in the draft). Veteran slot man Elijah Moore certainly didn't make as much of an impact as the front office expected him to when they acquired him from the New York Jets.

Feb 22, 2024 2:14 PM EST


Deshaun Watson On Track In Rehab From Shoulder Surgery

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson (shoulder) is on track in his rehab schedule from shoulder surgery and may even be a little bit ahead, and he will begin throwing in March, according to a league source. Watson had surgery on Nov. 21 to fix a fractured right shoulder socket. It's great news for his participation at least on a limited basis for the team's offseason workouts, which begin on April 15. Watson has started working out and has talked with some of his receivers about working out together in the offseason. The 28-year-old fractured his right shoulder in Week 10 and only played in six games in his second year in Cleveland, throwing for 1,115 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions. It was surely a disappointing season for Watson, but with better health, he has clear rebound potential while working with new offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey in 2024.

Feb 19, 2024 3:44 PM EST


Browns Approaching Offseason With Deshaun Watson As Starter

The Cleveland Browns are entering the offseason with the mindset that Deshaun Watson (shoulder) is their starting quarterback, head coach Kevin Stefanski told the media. The position proved to be a revolving door for the Browns this season as they started five different players. Walker started six of the Browns' nine games, completing 61.4 percent of his passes for 1,115 yards, seven touchdowns, and four interceptions. He also added 142 rushing yards, one rushing touchdown, and two lost fumbles. Several injuries to Watson, including a season-ending shoulder issue, prompted the Browns to experiment with P.J. Walker and Dorian Thompson-Robinson, but neither of them produced great results. Veteran Joe Flacco took over in Week 13 and would start the next five games before Jeff Driskel got the nod in the regular-season finale. Flacco completed 60.3 percent of his passes for 1,616 yards, 13 touchdowns, and eight interceptions. With that said, Flacco is set to hit free agency this offseason and the Browns will return to Watson once he's healthy, presumably due to the fact that they gave up six draft picks (including three first-rounders) for him and then signed him to a five-year, $230 million deal. He ranks as a fantasy QB2 heading into the 2024 campaign.

Jan 14, 2024 3:44 PM EST


Deshaun Watson Has Shoulder Surgery Tuesday

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson (shoulder) underwent successful surgery to fix a displaced fracture in his right shoulder on Tuesday in Los Angeles. The procedure was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache. Watson is expected to be ready for the start of the 2024 season. The 28-year-old signal-caller was also dealing with a sprained right rotator cuff earlier in the year and missed Weeks 4 and 6 before returning in Week 7, only to aggravate his shoulder and miss another game in Week 8. So far, Watson has been a disappointment considering the massive fully guaranteed deal he was given by Cleveland. P.J. Walker has made a few starts in place of Watson this year, but rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson picked up his first career win in Week 11 over the Pittsburgh Steelers and will stick as the Browns' starter at QB again this weekend in Denver against the Broncos.

Nov 21, 2023 7:42 PM EST


Deshaun Watson To Go On Injured Reserve

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson (shoulder) is headed to the Injured Reserve list after suffering a displaced fracture in his right glenoid in his shoulder against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 10. The 28-year-old missed multiple games earlier this season due to shoulder injuries, and his season is now over. He finishes the 2023 campaign with 1,115 passing yards, seven passing touchdowns, and four interceptions. The Browns posted a 5-1 record in games in which Watson started. Rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson has been named the new starting signal-caller. Expect Amari Cooper, Elijah Moore, and David Njoku to see reduced fantasy value moving forward.

Nov 15, 2023 12:15 PM EST


Deshaun Watson Done For Season

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson (shoulder) is set to miss the remainder of the 2023 season due to a shoulder injury. Watson had already missed a few games this year because of his banged-up shoulder, and he reportedly suffered a season-ending injury in the first quarter in the Week 10 win over the Baltimore Ravens. Watson had one of his better games as a Brown, completing 20 of his 34 passing attempts for 213 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Now, he'll be sidelined moving forward, and P.J. Walker will take over the starting QB role. If Walker struggles, rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson could get a look as well.

Nov 15, 2023 9:34 AM EST


Deshaun Watson Expects To Play In Week 11

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson (ankle) underwent an MRI exam on his injured left ankle on Monday, but it's not expected to be a serious injury and he's expected to play in Week 11 against the division-rival Pittsburgh Steelers. Watson left right before halftime to have his ankle checked in Sunday's win over the Baltimore Ravens, but he returned in the second half and closed out the 33-31 comeback win. We'll have to see how much the 28-year-old does in practice this week. As long as he's at least limited, fantasy managers should expect Watson to be under center this Sunday in a pivotal divisional clash. In the first meeting against Pittsburgh this year, Watson went 22-for-40 for 235 yards, one touchdown and a pick in the 26-22 loss. If he cannot play, P.J. Walker would likely make another start for the Browns.

Nov 14, 2023 4:22 PM EST


Deshaun Watson To Have Tests On His Ankle Monday

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson (ankle) left the Week 10 win over the division-rival Baltimore Ravens on Sunday late in the first half with a left-ankle injury and then left the stadium in a walking boot after being able to finish the game under center in the comeback win. Watson said after the game that he'd be fine moving forward, but he will undergo some tests on his ankle on Monday as a precaution. Players are typically overly optimistic when it comes to their injuries, so fantasy managers shouldn't just assume that Watson will be good to go for Week 11 against the division-rival Pittsburgh Steelers. If Watson's ankle injury is worth than he originally thought and he can't go this Sunday, P.J. Walker would be in line to make another start and would be in play as a desperation QB2 in superflex leagues against a Steelers defense that has gotten better as the season has gone on.

Nov 13, 2023 12:43 PM EST


Deshaun Watson In A Walking Boot

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson (undisclosed) threw for 213 yards, one touchdown, and one interception off 20-for-34 passing during the narrow win over the Baltimore Ravens. He added eight carries for 37 yards. While the 28-year-old didn't have the best showing for fantasy managers, it wasn't the worst, which is all anyone can ask for at this point. However, Watson was seen wearing a walking boot, with the signal-caller stating he "doesn't feel great." Nonetheless, more updates on his condition will be available ahead of the Week 11 meeting with Pittsburgh. But if he doesn't play, P.J. Walker, who filled in while Watson was sidelined by a shoulder injury this season, would likely be back under center.

Nov 12, 2023 5:42 PM EST


Deshaun Watson A QB2 In Week 10

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson (shoulder) practiced fully all week as he gears up to face off against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 10. Watson's shoulder appears to be getting closer to 100% as he's listed without an injury designation heading into Sunday's divisional matchup. The Ravens represent a tough matchup for Watson as they are allowing the fewest fantasy points per game to quarterbacks in the league this season. Watson did not play the first time these two teams met back in Week 4, but Baltimore's dominant defense is enough to give fantasy gamers pause when it comes to starting him this weekend. Treat Watson as a low-end QB2 in Week 10.

Nov 11, 2023 6:49 AM EST