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Browns HC Kevin Stefanski Assures Deshaun Watson is QB1 Heading Into Offseason



The Joe Flacco hype train was short-lived in the 2023 playoffs, with the Browns falling to the Texans in a not-so-competitive game that featured two costly Flacco pick-sixes. With the veteran signal-caller unlikely to run it back in Cleveland in 2024 - or elsewhere, for that matter - it seems like the Browns will turn the reins back over to Deshaun Watson for this offseason –and Kevin Stefanski’s recent comments reinforce that idea. Watson was hardly spectacular from a fantasy perspective in his limited action in 2023 (he averaged 15.2 fantasy points per game), but it’s clear that just about anybody can step in at quarterback for the Browns and make the offense serviceable at best (see: Cleveland beating San Francisco with P.J. Walker at QB). That might be some slight exaggeration, but Watson never built up the momentum in 2023 to demonstrate that he’s capable of re-ascending to the high-QB1 status of his early years – something that will keep his draft price low later this year.

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