Aug. 24 – Training camp officially ended for the Browns on Aug. 24, and also Joshua Dobbs‘time in Cleveland.
Just five hours after coach Kevin Stefanski said Dobbs would be the backup quarterback Deshaun Watsonsquashing any rookie speculation Dorian Thompson-Robinson has shown enough to be the backup, the Browns traded Dobbs and a 2024 seventh-round pick to the Cardinals for a 2024 fifth-round pick.
In a related move, the Browns decided to keep the endorsement. kellen mond after announcing in the morning that he was being fired.
Stefanski was not available for comment after the trade, but the moves seem to indicate Thompson-Robinson will start the season as the No. 2 quarterback. DTR, a fifth-round pick out of UCLA, is 30-of-46 for 348 yards with two touchdown passes and no interceptions in three preseason games. Stefanski said Thompson-Robinson will finish the preseason game with the Chiefs on Aug. 26.
“I just talk to DTR and it’s moving forward,” Stefanski said in announcing that Dobbs would endorse Watson. “He’s making big strides. We’re excited about his future. And the focus for him and all of our guys is to keep working.”
“Going into the first week, you look at your depth chart and you just want to keep guys growing and improving because there are times when guys aren’t available due to injuries or whatever. So it’s a constant effort to get better.”
Dobbs began the 2022 season with the Browns as a backup. Jacoby Brissett. She never took a snap. He was suspended on November 28 when Watson was activated from the suspended list after being suspended for the first 11 games for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.
Dobbs ended up starting two games for Tennessee last season and losing both. The Browns signed Dobbs in March of this year, thinking he would be ahead of other available backups because he was already familiar with Stefanski’s offense.
“We really like that quarterback room in general,” Stefanski said around 12:30 p.m. “You know, really excited about where all these guys are. Confident in all the subs. They play a huge role in that room.”
Stefanski was asked a follow-up question about timing to waive Mond before the preseason game with the Chiefs. The Browns signed Mond late in training camp last year when the Vikings waived Mond.
“I think very, very highly of Kellen as a player,” Stefanski said. “I think he got better with us over the course of the season that he was with us, the year that he was with us. He had some good tapes from this preseason.
“I just felt the timing was right on this one, but I expect him to bounce back very quickly.”
Mond is 32-of-55 in the preseason for 297 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.