Browns GM expects QB Deshaun Watson to have ‘big year’ despite limited action

Quarterback Deshaun Watson’s first two seasons with the Browns have been a disappointment to say the least.

He’s played in just 12 games the past two years due to suspension and injury and has thrown only 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions during the span.

That isn’t stopping general manager Andrew Berry from having big expectations for Watson this season, however.

“I don’t think it’s uncommon for some transition or acclimation — that has to be in the realm of possibility,” Berry said on “The Pat McAfee Show.” “But we feel good about Deshaun, like the trajectory we have seen, and do think he will have a big year.”

Watson’s health is the main question heading into 2024. His 2023 season was cut short after suffering a season-ending shoulder injury in Week 10.

He has since undergone surgery and remains in the rehab process, but Berry thinks Watson should be good to go sooner rather than later.

“He is in a good spot mentally and physically,” Berry added. “Obviously, he’s been rehabbing the shoulder injury, but he is well on his way there and in a really strong spot.”

Cleveland went all in on Watson in 2022, trading a king’s ransom, which included three first-round picks, and handing him a five-year, $230 million fully guaranteed contract.

However, the team has yet to see that investment pay off. This season seems to be a make-it or break-it year for the 28-year-old and Berry expects to see results from Day 1.

“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,” Berry finished. “We do have high expectations for him and the offense this season.”

Watson has had more than enough time to get reacclimated to the NFL and his new team. Once he’s fully healthy, he won’t have any more excuses for his struggling play.

If the Browns made the playoffs with 38-year-old QB Joe Flacco last season, Watson should be able to do that and then some in 2024.

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