CLEVELAND (AP) — Jacoby Brissett's assignment is clear: keep the Browns competitive and in contention while Deshaun Watson's away.
He's doing much more than that.
During a 29-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night, Brissett, who has zero illusions about his role with Cleveland, effectively moved the offense with pin-point throws and picked up first downs with timely quarterback sneaks.
CLEVELAND (AP) — An unimaginable collapse still fresh in their minds, the Browns managed to avoid a second one in four days.
Jacoby Brissett threw two touchdown passes, Nick Chubb ran for a score and Cleveland bounced back from its epic meltdown by finishing off the rival Pittsburgh Steelers 29-17 on Thursday night.
Nine home teams are underdogs in Week 3.
Behind the Dawg Pound, the Cleveland Browns aren't among them.
The Browns host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night to kick off a week featuring more road favorites than home.
CLEVELAND (8-9) at CAROLINA (5-12)
Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT, CBS
OPENING LINE: Panthers by 2 1/2, according to FanDuel SportsBook.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Jacoby Brissett had other options, better choices. There were definitely more stable ones for a well-respected veteran quarterback.
But Cleveland, with its penchant for chaos and controversy, didn't scare Brissett.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Kellen Mond's the latest addition to Cleveland's ever-changing quarterback room.
The Browns claimed Mond off waivers on Wednesday from the Minnesota Vikings, placing the second-year QB third on their depth chart behind fill-in starter Jacoby Brissett and backup Joshua Dobbs.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Justin Fields had a nightmarish visit to Cleveland as a rookie.
This one couldn't have gone much better.
Fields threw three touchdown passes in the first half, leading the Chicago Bears to a 21-20 win in their exhibition finale over the Browns, who got their first in-game look at substitute starting quarterback Jacoby Brissett on Saturday night.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jacoby Brissett will finally make his delayed debut for the Browns.
The veteran quarterback, set to fill in as Cleveland's starter while Deshaun Watson serves his upcoming 11-game NFL suspension, will start Saturday night's exhibition finale against the Chicago Bears.
MIAMI DOLPHINS (10-7)
New faces: Head coach Mike McDaniel (former 49ers offensive coordinator), WR Tyreek Hill, RB Chase Edmonds, T Terron Armstead, WR Cedrick Wilson Jr, LB Melvin Ingram, QB Teddy Bridgewater, OL Connor Williams, RB Raheem Mostert, DB Keion Crossen, FB Alec Ingold.
CLEVELAND BROWNS (8-9)
New faces: QBs Deshaun Watson and Jacoby Brissett, WR Amari Cooper, rookie K Cade York, C Ethan Pocic, rookie WR David Bell, P Corey Bojorquez, WR/KR Jakeem Grant, DE Chase Winovich.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Joshua Dobbs isn't trying to prove he belongs. He's showing it.
Dobbs ran for a touchdown and led Cleveland's offense on four scoring drives during a 21-20 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday in an exhibition watched by both teams' starters, along with soon-to-be-suspended Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — As Jacoby Brissett sat at a nearby table patiently waiting for his turn at the podium Friday, linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah wrapped up his interview session with some strong praise for his veteran teammate.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jacoby Brissett has jumped ahead of Deshaun Watson on Cleveland's depth chart. Maybe for a while.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Deshaun Watson's suspension has forced the Browns to launch their backup plan — with the consummate backup quarterback.
Jacoby Brissett, though, has never thought of himself as a second option.
CLEVELAND BROWNS (8-9)
CAMP SITE: Berea, Ohio
LAST YEAR: Expected to make a run at the AFC title, the Browns flopped. There was distracting drama, costly injuries and questionable strategy as coach Kevin Stefanski's second season was completely opposite from his first, when the Browns won a playoff game.
MIAMI DOLPHINS (9-8)
CAMP SITE: Miami Gardens, Florida
LAST YEAR: The Dolphins had quite the strange season, winning their opener, losing their next seven games, then winning their next seven games, ending up with a winning record and missing the playoffs for a fifth consecutive season anyway.
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — For a few weeks, the Indianapolis Colts had a huge void at quarterback. Then the Deshaun Watson carousel began spinning, and soon enough, Matt Ryan was available.
The Browns' quarterback carousel spun again Saturday. Twice.
While Cleveland waits to officially welcome Deshaun Watson, the team agreed to trade backup quarterback Case Keenum to Buffalo and sign free agent QB Jacoby Brissett, a person familiar with the deals told The Associated Press.
MIAMI DOLPHINS (9-8)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: WR Will Fuller, QB Jacoby Brissett, RB Phillip Lindsay, WR Albert Wilson, CB Justin Coleman, LB Elandon Roberts, P Michael Palardy, S Jason McCourty, RB Malcolm Brown, DL John Jenkins, WR Mack Hollins, LB Duke Riley, LB Brennan Scarlett, RB Duke Johnson, C Greg Mancz, LB Vince Biegel, WR Isaiah Ford.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Tua Tagovailoa walked off the field, game ball in his injured left hand, and waved his arms to acknowledge the cheers.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Miami quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was active Thursday night against Baltimore, despite still being limited by fractured finger on his throwing hand.
Jacoby Brissett was set be Miami's starter quarterback for a second consecutive week.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — There was celebratory music coming from the Miami Dolphins locker room on Sunday afternoon, the first time that's happened this season.
The game was ugly. For the Dolphins, the result wasn't.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger's left pectoral remains tender. His hip is apparently some unidentifiable shade of black and blue. His numbers aren't great. His team's record is even worse.
Yet the longtime Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback insists he's not at the end.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Different week, same story. When the Miami Dolphins got desperate, they could move the ball. Otherwise, they couldn’t.
And a season that started with so much promise with a win at New England is already in trouble.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The last seven times Carson Wentz had played in a football game, he had walked off on the losing side. His final four appearances with Philadelphia last season, all losses.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Jacoby Brissett used to play for the New England Patriots, so it seemed logical to inquire whether he was picking Tom Brady or Bill Belichick this weekend in their ballyhooed matchup.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The play absolutely epitomizes how things are going for the Miami Dolphins on offense. Quarterback Jacoby Brissett dropped back and threw the ball across the field to wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, who caught it and was immediately tackled.
LAS VEGAS (AP) —
There are no moral victories in the eyes of the Miami Dolphins.
Despite rallying from 11 points down in the fourth quarter to force overtime, the Dolphins feel they let some plays get away from them in a 31-28 loss against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on Sunday.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was placed on injured reserve by the Miami Dolphins on Saturday, meaning he will miss at least three games before he can return from fractured ribs.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Tua Tagovailoa has fractured ribs and will not play Sunday when the Miami Dolphins visit the Las Vegas Raiders.
The Dolphins announced the updated diagnosis Wednesday, after initial tests suggested Tagovailoa was dealing with bruised ribs.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots on Tuesday signed quarterback Mac Jones, their first-round draft pick and the latest potential long-term replacement for Tom Brady.
The No. 15 overall selection, Jones led Alabama to the 2020 national championship.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Three days after choosing Nick Sirianni to be their new coach, the Philadelphia Eagles made it official...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The popularity of Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has soared into the stratosphere in just over one season as the starter, each no-look or left-handed passes drawing a fresh chorus of acclaim...
It seems as if we've had at least one marquee name on the waiver wire each week of the fantasy football season ... until now.
This week is filled with solid depth options and maybe players who have upside down the road but ultimately, we don't have that one big name to spend a ton of FAAB on.
Week 4 of fantasy football can be subtitled, "Life Without Saquon" for owners who must reset their running back depth after losing the Giants star to a high ankle sprain.
It's also another week without Cam Newton, which translates to a heavy workload for Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Wesley Woodyard squatted and folded his arms as his Tennessee teammates bowed in front of the veteran linebacker near midfield in celebration, deserving every bit of the attention...
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Another week, another new quarterback, another win for the New England Patriots...