Joshua Dobbs

Cleveland Browns
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Cleveland Browns
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Joshua Dobbs News

Costly turnover in loss

Dobbs completed 20 of 29 passes for 179 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Saturday's 20-16 loss to Jacksonville. He added five rushes for 32 yards.

Analysis: Dobbs drew his second consecutive start, this time with the AFC South title on the line. He performed admirably for much of the game, highlighted by a 21-yard dart to Chigoziem Okonkwo for a touchdown midway through the second quarter. However, Dobbs made a vital mistake with only three minutes remaining in the matchup when he fumbled while being sacked, which the Jacksonville defense returned for the game-winning touchdown. Dobbs spent the majority of the season as the backup quarterback in Cleveland, and he'll likely stick in a similar role in 2023.

Jan 7, 2023 9:36 PM EST

Will start Week 18

Head coach Mike Vrabel said Monday that Dobbs will start Sunday's game against the Jaguars, Terry McCormick of reports.

Analysis: With Ryan Tannehill (ankle) sidelined, Malik Willis drew the start in Week 16, but after a disappointing loss to Houston, Tennessee opted to give Dobbs a chance in Week 17. While the Titans still lost to Dallas, Vrabel said he liked Dobbs' decision making during the contest and will give the veteran backup another opportunity during Sunday's AFC South title match against Jacksonville. Dobbs completed 20 of 39 passes for 232 yards, a touchdown and an interception during the Week 17 loss to Dallas. He also rushed three times for 12 yards.

Jan 2, 2023 10:18 AM EST

In mix to start Week 18

Coach Mike Vrabel has yet to reveal his choice to start against Jacksonville in Week 18 between Dobbs and Malik Willis, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: Dobbs' 232 passing yards in Thursday's loss to the Cowboys were just two fewer than Willis has mustered in his first three NFL starts combined. Willis has more long-term upside, but in a win-and-in scenario against the AFC South rival Jaguars, Dobbs is likely the front-runner to get the starting nod. "That's the only thing that matters, is winning one game," Vrabel said. "Getting healthy, getting recovered and then winning one game, and finding out who is going to do that."

Dec 30, 2022 11:48 AM EST

Strong performance in spot start

Dobbs completed 20 of 39 passes for 232 yards with one touchdown and one interception while rushing three times for 12 yards in the Titans' 27-13 loss to the Cowboys on Thursday night. He also committed two fumbles, losing one and recovering the other.

Analysis: Dobbs barely completed half his pass attempts and his two turnovers were a blemish, but given the brief amount of time he had to prepare and his opponent, the veteran signal-caller acquitted himself reasonably well. The 2017 fourth-round pick of the Steelers connected with Robert Woods for his one touchdown from seven yards out late in the third quarter, and he completed passes to nine different players overall. Dobbs is slated to return to the No. 2 role for a Week 18 road matchup against the Jaguars a week from Sunday that will decide the AFC South title, unless head coach Mike Vrabel feels Thursday's performance made enough of a case for Dobbs to usurp the unsteady Malik Willis for the start in that game.

Dec 29, 2022 9:05 PM EST

Slated to face Cowboys Thursday

Dobbs is slated to start at QB for the Titans in Thursday night's game against the Cowboys, John Glennon of reports.

Analysis: Thursday's contest doesn't have playoff implications for the Titans -- who will face the Jaguars in Week 18 with the AFC South title on the line - so the team is in line give Dobbs an opportunity to make his first career NFL regular season start in a game in which multiple key players are being held out. With that in mind, Dobbs is an option for those who had been planning to use Malik Willis (Tennessee's Week 16 starter in place of Ryan Tannehill, who was placed on IR on Thursday) in fantasy lineups, or who are otherwise scrambling for a Week 17 signal-caller in QB-heavy formats. With a solid showing versus Dallas, Dobbs could potentially find himself in the starting mix a week from Sunday against Jacksonville.

Dec 29, 2022 5:07 PM EST

Expected to start Thursday

The Titans are expected to start Dobbs at QB versus the Cowboys on Thursday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: With Ryan Tannehill (ankle) ruled out, it looks like the Titans are in line to start Dobbs rather than Malik Willis, with the team likely to rest a number of key players with an eye toward being as healthy as possible for a looming AFC South title showdown against the Jaguars in Week 18.

Dec 29, 2022 9:49 AM EST

Signed to Titans' active roster

Dobbs was signed by the Titans off of the Lions' practice squad Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reports.

Analysis: Dobbs was reverted to the Lions' practice unit after being active for the team's Week 15 win over the Jets, but he will now head to Tennessee. The quarterback could serve as the backup option behind Malik Willis in Week 16 if Ryan Tannehill (ankle) is unable to go versus Houston. Dobbs last attempted a regular season pass in 2020, spending most of his time on practice squads the last few years.

Dec 21, 2022 7:12 AM EST

Returns to practice squad

Dobbs reverted to the Lions' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's transaction log.

Analysis: Dobbs was elevated from the practice squad for the first time since joining Detroit's practice squad two weeks ago, serving as one of the team's three active quarterbacks alongside starter Jared Goff and backup Nate Sudfeld. However, Goff went on to play all 68 of the team's offensive snaps as expected. Dobbs will now be eligible for two more game-day activations while with the Lions this season.

Dec 19, 2022 5:02 PM EST

Elevated from practice squad

Dobbs was elevated to the active roster Saturday.

Analysis: Dobbs will now play in his first game with Lions after signing with their practice squad two weeks ago. The former Tennessee quarterback will serve as the third-string option behind Jared Goff and Nate Sudfeld and should only see playing time if either of them were to get injured.

Dec 17, 2022 3:10 PM EST

Officially on Lions' practice squad

Detroit signed Dobbs to its practice squad Monday.

Analysis: Just a week after being waived by Cleveland, Dobbs has found another opportunity to make an impression with the Lions. Barring injury though, it's unlikely he's elevated from the practice squad any time soon.

Dec 5, 2022 1:48 PM EST

Signing with Lions practice squad

The Lions are expected to sign Dobbs to their practice squad Monday, Jonathan Jones of reports.

Analysis: After Dobbs was waived by the Browns on Nov. 28, the quarterback will get another opportunity with the Lions' practice unit. The 27-year-old hasn't appeared in a game since 2020 and will operate as an additional depth option behind Jared Goff moving forward.

Dec 5, 2022 8:05 AM EST

Waived by Cleveland

Cleveland waived Dobbs on Monday, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: The Browns let Dobbs go to make room on the active roster for Deshaun Watson, who's expected to start Sunday's matchup against the Texans following an 11-game suspension. Jacoby Brissett, who played well in Watson's absence, will shift to the primary backup, while Kellen Mond operates as the No. 3 quarterback. Per Cabot, Cleveland would like to sign Dobbs to its practice squad if he clears waivers.

Nov 28, 2022 11:46 AM EST

Locked into No. 2 role

Browns coach Kevin Stefanski affirmed Thursday that Dobbs is the team's primary backup quarterback behind current starter Jacoby Brissett, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: Dobbs' solid preseason showing allowed him to beat out fellow backup signal-caller Josh Rosen, who was signed to the Browns' practice squad Thursday, for this role behind Brissett. However, it's uncertain where the current No. 2 quarterback will slot into Cleveland's depth chart once eventual starter Deshaun Watson returns from his 11-game suspension to start the regular season.

Sep 1, 2022 1:33 PM EST

Scores in Sunday's start

Dobbs completed 14 of 20 passes for 141 yards and rushed four times for 47 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 21-20 preseason loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: Dobbs started and played the entire first half as well as Cleveland's opening series of the third quarter. He led the Browns to scores on each of his four drives, including a three-yard touchdown rush of his own during the first quarter. After a successful showing, Dobbs handed a 20-14 lead over to Josh Rosen, who subsequently completed just 7 of 20 passes for 88 yards. Based on that contrast, it's fair to say Dobbs outperformed Rosen, as the pair compete to serve as Jacoby Brissett's backup heading into the regular season, when fellow quarterback Deshaun Watson will be suspended for the first 11 games.

Aug 21, 2022 1:19 PM EST

Draws Sunday start

Dobbs will start Sunday's preseason game against the Eagles.

Analysis: With Deshaun Watson and Jacoby Brissett not in line to play Sunday, Dobbs will draw the start versus Philadelphia, with Josh Rosen next in line to see QB snaps. Given that Watson will be suspended to begin the 2022 season, as things stand either Dobbs or Rosen are in line to serve as Brissett's top backup in Week 1.

Aug 21, 2022 9:41 AM EST

Frontrunner for backup job

Dobbs is currently the favorite to open the season as the Browns' backup quarterback, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: Head coach Kevin Stefanski said Friday that Dobbs remains ahead of Josh Rosen for the backup job behind Jacoby Brissett but it's still an active competition. Dobbs joined the Browns this offseason after spending the 2021 campaign as a member of the Steelers, failing to enter any games during the season.

Aug 19, 2022 11:02 AM EST

Leads all scoring drives

Dobbs completed 10-of-13 passes for 108 yards and a touchdown in Friday's 24-13 win over Jacksonville in Preseason Week 1.

Analysis: Dobbs led the offense's three scoring drives -- the defense produced one touchdown -- and got the bulk of the snaps at quarterback after the coaching decision to rest top backup Jacoby Brissett. There are no changes in the quarterback depth chart, as Brissett will fill in for Deshaun Watson, whose suspension will be at least six games. It is clear that Dobbs is the No. 3 ahead of Josh Rosen, who engineered the final three possessions.

Aug 13, 2022 6:27 AM EST

Vying for backup job

Coach Kevin Stefanski said Wednesday that Dobbs has a leg up on Josh Rosen to be the team's third quarterback behind Jacoby Brissett, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Analysis: If Deshaun Watson is suspended prior to Week 1 as expected, that would make Dobbs the Browns' de facto number two option. That might make him worthy of stashing in uber-deep two-quarterback leagues, as Cleveland figures to be playing from behind often as long as Watson is out, and Dobbs does possess the tools to produce as a rusher if nothing else.

Jul 27, 2022 11:41 AM EST

Lands with Browns

Dobbs agreed to a one-year deal with the Browns on Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Dobbs had a tryout with the Ravens earlier in the week, but he'll sign with another AFC North team. He hasn't taken the field since 2020 since he missed last season due to a toe injury, but he's healthy heading into the offseason and will compete for a depth role behind starter Deshaun Watson heading into 2022.

Apr 8, 2022 9:53 PM EST

Earns tryout

Dobbs received a tryout with the Ravens on Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Dobbs missed the 2021 season with a toe injury, but it appears the injury is behind him. The 27-year-old last suited up for the Steelers in 2020, where he played a total of nine snaps. The Ravens currently have no one behind Lamar Jackson and Tyler Huntley on their quarterback positional depth chart, so there is room for Dobbs on the roster, if he impressed enough in his workout.

Apr 4, 2022 5:30 PM EST

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