Head coach Ron Rivera said Tuesday that Brissett is still competing for the starting job, but Sam Howell has taken all the first-team reps this offseason, Matthew Paras of The Washington Times reports.
Analysis: Last year, Brissett served as the Browns' starting quarterback while Deshaun Watson was suspended. The former completed 64.1 percent of his passes for 2,608 yards and a 12:6 TD:INT across 11 starts. He also rushed 47 times for 238 yards and two scores during that stretch. While Rivera still considers it an open competition, it sounds like the Commanders are going to give Howell a chance to prove himself before moving to the veteran. It's a role Brissett has occupied numerous times during his seven-year career, so he should be ready to step up if called upon.
Jun 6, 2023 7:52 AM EST
Brissett went 0-for-1 on his lone play of the game in Sunday's 23-10 loss to the Bengals in Week 14.
Analysis: Cleveland head coach Kevin Stefanski, who has designed many productive opening drives in 2022, is getting second-guessed by the Monday morning quarterbacks with some validity. On the Sunday's opening drive, the coach replaced quarterback Deshaun Watson (3-for-3, 34 yards at the time) with Brissett on fourth-and-one at the Bengals' 25. Instead of a potential quarterback sneak, Brissett sailed a corner-route throw over Donovan Peoples-Jones. It was a curious decision to remove Watson made more curious by the play call. Instead of getting three points or letting his highly paid quarterback handle a crucial situation, Stefanski rolled the dice.
Dec 12, 2022 4:41 AM EST
Brissett completed 23 of 37 passes for 210 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the Browns' 23-17 overtime win over the Buccaneers on Sunday. He also rushed twice for 27 yards.
Analysis: Playing what is expected to be his final game in the starting role before Deshaun Watson's Week 13 debut, Brissett went out on a high note. Although he wasn't as productive from a raw numbers standpoint as other games, Brissett handled himself reasonably well while taking four sacks from an aggressive Buccaneers pass rush. The veteran signal-caller then finished off his day in stellar fashion, recording completions of 17 and 45 yards to Amari Cooper on what would turn out to be the Browns' game-winning drive. If Watson remains free of injury the rest of the season, then Brissett will have wrapped up his time as a starter in 2022 with a 12:6 TD:INT alongside 2,608 passing yards and an additional 238 rushing yards.
Nov 27, 2022 2:41 PM EST
Brissett completed 28 of 41 passes for 324 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in the Browns' 31-23 loss to the Bills on Sunday. He also rushed seven times for 29 yards and lost a fumble.
Analysis: Brissett was clicking with Amari Cooper throughout the afternoon against a tough Bills secondary, hitting the veteran wideout on a team-high eight occasions for 113 yards and touchdown passes of 25 and seven yards. With the Browns falling progressively behind and unable to get anything going on the ground with Nick Chubb, Brissett finished with his second-most pass attempts and highest passing yardage total of the season, as well as his first multi-touchdown effort since Week 3. Brissett has one more game remaining in the starting role -- a Week 12 home matchup against the Buccaneers -- before Deshaun Watson (suspension) takes over in Week 13.
Nov 20, 2022 3:28 PM EST
Brissett and the Browns are now scheduled to play Sunday's game against the Bills at Ford Field in Detroit at 4:15 p.m. ET, after the NFL announced Thursday that the game has been moved from Buffalo due to the major snowstorm that's expected to strike Western New York this weekend.
Analysis: The change in venue can probably be seen as nothing but a positive development for all Browns players and their respective fantasy outlooks. Not only will the Browns now have the benefit of playing one of their road games at a neutral-site venue, but they'll have the luxury of playing in a domed stadium, where scoring tends to be higher. Additionally, the move of the Week 11 game to Detroit removes the potential headache fantasy managers might have faced in determining how the inclement weather might affect the passing and running games. Brissett is coming off a Week 10 outing against the Dolphins in which he carried seven times for 40 yards and completed 22 of 35 pass attempts for 212 yards and a touchdown.
Nov 17, 2022 1:28 PM EST
Brissett and the Browns will have to navigate a forecasted snowstorm in Buffalo this Sunday, Chris Easterling of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Analysis: The forecast calls for lake-effect snow from Thursday to Sunday, which could total three-to-four feet. That will present a challenge to throw the ball. Brissett was involved a similar game in 2017 in Buffalo when he was with the Colts. In that game, Brissett finished 11-of-22 for 69 yards while Frank Gore toted the rock 36 times. It behooves fantasy managers to make arrangements to avoid using any of Cleveland's skill players involved in the passing game.
Nov 17, 2022 5:53 AM EST
Brissett completed 22 of 35 passes for 212 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in the Browns' 39-17 loss to the Dolphins on Sunday. He also rushed seven times for 40 yards.
Analysis: Brissett had a generally difficult afternoon while taking three sacks and a whopping 11 additional hits overall. The veteran interim starter made the best of a less-than-ideal situation that saw Cleveland have to go pass heavy in the second half, connecting with nine different targets overall. Brissett also posted his second-highest rushing yardage total of the season to help supplement his production, but he'll draw another thorny matchup in what projects as his penultimate start when he and the Browns travel to Buffalo for a Week 11 matchup against the Bills
Nov 13, 2022 2:54 PM EST
Brissett completed 17 of 22 passes for 278 yards and one touchdown in Monday's 32-13 win over the Bengals. He added six carries for 12 yards and another touchdown in addition to losing one fumble.
Analysis: Brissett fumbled while taking a sack in the second quarter but guided the Browns to an 11-0 halftime lead despite that turnover. He then stretched that lead to 18-0 with a three-yard touchdown run on the first possession of the third quarter before putting the game firmly out of reach on the following series with a four-yard touchdown pass to Amari Cooper. Brissett has posted a 7:5 TD:INT through the air while adding two rushing touchdowns to lead the Browns to a 3-5 record heading into the team's Week 9 bye.
Oct 31, 2022 9:04 PM EST
Brissett completed 22 of 27 passes for 258 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in the Browns' 23-20 loss to the Ravens on Sunday. He also rushed three times for 18 yards and committed two fumbles, losing one.
Analysis: As has been the case more than once this season, Brissett put together a solid stat line in defeat. Moreover, although the veteran quarterback has come up short on making key plays in some of Cleveland's close losses, it was difficult to place blame at his feet Sunday. Brissett saw a would-be 34-yard touchdown pass to Amari Cooper nullified by an offensive pass interference call on the receiver with 2:24 remaining, and he managed to complete a last-ditch pass to Donovan Peoples-Jones with seven second remaining that the receiver fumbled. Brissett has now thrown for over 250 yards in back-to-back contests for the first time this season, and he'll tangle with another divisional opponent when the Bengals pay a visit for a Week 8 Monday night clash.
Oct 23, 2022 2:53 PM EST
Brissett completed 21 of 45 passes for 266 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in Sunday's 31-15 loss to the Patriots.
Analysis: Brissett struggled against his former team, as he managed only 5.9 yards per attempt and threw multiple interceptions in a game for the first time this season. The performance was disappointing, though he did manage four passes of more than 20 yards -- matching his season high -- to a combination of Donovan Peoples-Jones and David Njoku. Even if he manages a bounceback performance in Week 7 against Baltimore, Brissett has yet to show much upside as a fantasy producer as he has failed to throw for multiple touchdowns in five of six games.
Oct 16, 2022 10:09 PM EST
Brissett completed 21 of 34 passes for 230 yards with one touchdown and one interception and rushed three times for 32 yards in the Browns' 30-28 loss to the Chargers on Sunday.
Analysis: Brissett turned in yet another serviceable stat line, but after helping lead an 11-play, 75-yard touchdown drive, he threw an interception in the end zone on the Browns' penultimate possession and then threw back-to-back incompletions on Cleveland's final march, which forced a difficult 54-yard field-goal attempt for rookie Cade York that sailed wide right. Brissett did show excellent chemistry with Amari Cooper and David Njoku, who were on the receiving end of 13 of his completions, 164 of his yards and his one touchdown pass (Cooper). Brissett has come up short at some key moments thus far in his starting tenure, but he should be able to once again keep his team competitive in a Week 6 home matchup versus his old Patriots squad.
Oct 9, 2022 3:33 PM EST
Brissett completed 21 of 35 pass attempts for 234 yards and an interception while adding 16 yards and a touchdown on five carries in Sunday's 23-20 loss to Atlanta.
Analysis: Brissett was able to bolster a lackluster passing effort with an impressive scramble for a touchdown. The veteran fill-in has done a commendable job through four weeks, completing 65 percent of his passes with a 4:2 TD:INT ratio while leading Cleveland to a 2-2 record. Brissett leaves a lot to be desired from a fantasy perspective, especially heading into a tough matchup against the Chargers' ferocious pass rush next Sunday.
Oct 2, 2022 5:19 PM EST
Brissett completed 21 of 31 passes for 220 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Browns' 29-17 win over the Steelers on Thursday night. He also rushed three times for 11 yards.
Analysis: The veteran quarterback turned in one of his prototypical efficient performances that was free of turnovers, keeping the Browns rolling with multiple long drives throughout the game. Brissett also maintained the momentum he'd built with Amari Cooper in Week 2, hitting the veteran wideout for an 11-yard touchdown to open the scoring late in the first quarter and recording seven completions for 101 yards on 11 targets to him overall. Brissett also displayed plenty of chemistry with David Njoku, who finished with a career-high nine receptions and caught the second of his scoring tosses. Brissett and his teammates will now get extended time to prepare for a Week 4 road battle against the Falcons a week from Sunday.
Sep 22, 2022 8:37 PM EST
Coach Kevin Stefanski said Monday that Brissett (ankle) is not on the injury report, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Analysis: Brissett suffered an ankle injury during the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to the Jets, but he played through the issue and appears fully on track for Thursday's game against the Steelers. Still, with a short turnaround Week 3, Brissett's status will be worth monitoring in practice. The Browns currently have Joshua Dobbs and Kellen Mond on the roster behind Brissett.
Sep 19, 2022 10:26 AM EST
Brissett completed 22 of 27 passes for 229 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Sunday's 31-30 loss to the Jets. He added 43 yards on six rushing attempts.
Analysis: Brissett completed his first nine passes and bounced back from his first incompletion by connecting with Amari Cooper for a six-yard touchdown on the very next play. Cleveland's quarterback cooled down after that, but a three-touchdown rushing performance from Nick Chubb seemingly had Cleveland in position to win until the Jets scored two touchdowns a minute apart after the two-minute warning. A 21-yard scramble from Brissett got the Browns close to field-goal range, but he threw an interception on the next play. The shocking loss will leave a sour taste in Cleveland's mouth heading into Thursday's matchup with the Steelers.
Sep 18, 2022 3:57 PM EST
Brissett completed 18 of 34 passes for 147 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in the Browns' 26-24 win over the Panthers on Sunday. He also rushed four times for 10 yards.
Analysis: Brissett's final line is likely of little surprise to those who've witnessed the veteran's handiwork in past seasons. Head coach Kevin Stefanski unsurprisingly had Brissett play it safe most of the afternoon, leaning heavily on Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt to the tune of 33 carries overall. Brissett did stay away from turnovers, took only one sack and made key completions to Donovan Peoples-Jones and Amari Cooper on the game-winning drive, all which ultimately helped ensure Cleveland was able to escape with a narrow victory. Brissett will likely be asked to execute a similar game plan again when the Browns face off versus the Jets at home in Week 2 next Sunday.
Sep 11, 2022 3:06 PM EST
Brissett completed 13-of-23 passes for 109 yards and one interception in Cleveland's preseason game against Chicago on Saturday.
Analysis: Brissett has obvious limitations and a game like this is a reminder that his passing abilities are far below average, but he still seems locked in as Cleveland's starter for the 11 games Deshaun Watson is suspended. Brissett will need to play better than this when the regular starts, though.
Aug 27, 2022 8:26 PM EST
Brissett will start Saturday's preseason finale against the Bears, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Analysis: Coach Kevin Stefanski declined to outline how long Brissett will play Saturday, but once the QB gets his snaps in, his focus will shift toward preparing for his Week 1 start against the Panthers. Meanwhile, Joshua Dobbs and Josh Rosen are competing for the Browns' No. 2 QB role behind Brissett, with Deshaun Watson in line to serve an 11-game suspension to begin the 2022 season. Per Stefanski, Dobbs is slated to follow Brissett versus Chicago, while Rosen should also subsequently log some snaps in the contest.
Aug 25, 2022 9:41 AM EST
The Browns don't plan to play Brissett in Sunday's preseason game against the Eagles, Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Analysis: Coach Kevin Stefanski previously noted that Deshaun Watson -- who is in line to serve an 11-game suspension to begin the 2022 season -- won't play in the Browns' final two preseason games. With Brissett, the team's presumed early-season starter not in line to play Sunday, Joshua Dobbs and Josh Rosen are slated to handle Cleveland's QB reps versus Philadelphia.
Aug 19, 2022 10:46 AM EST
Brissett was on the field with the starting offense during Thursday's joint practice with the Eagles and was notable for making short throws during drills, Ashley Bastock of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Analysis: The Browns' offense takes on a different look without Deshaun Watson, whose suspension increased from six to 11 games Thursday, and there was evidence of how it will change with Brissett under center. He completed most of his passes and didn't turn the ball over but didn't take many chances deep. The passing game may be less daring or will to force big plays, and there is an expectation that the offense will be a run-heavy unit.
Aug 19, 2022 4:57 AM EST
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