Former Tennessee QB Finds New NFL Home

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    Former Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs has a new NFL home, signing a one-year contract with the Cleveland Browns over the weekend.

    Dobbs comes to Cleveland from AFC North rival Pittsburgh, where the dual-threat quarterback spent the last two seasons.

    The Steelers selected Dobbs in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft before playing his first two professional seasons in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh traded Dobbs to the Jacksonville Jaguars early in the 2019 season.

    However, after the Jaguars waived Dobbs following his third professional season, the Alpharetta, Georgia native resigned with Pittsburgh— where he’s spent the last two seasons.

    Dobbs has bounced back-and-forth from the practice squad to the active roster in his professional career. The former Tennessee quarterback has played in six total regular season games.

    In 2018, Dobbs played in five games for Pittsburgh, completing six-of-12 passes for 43 yards and an interception. In 2020, Dobbs played in one game completing four-of-five pass attempts for two yards.

    The quarterback has 45 career rushing yards as well.

    Dobbs walks into a chaotic quarterback situation in Cleveland. The Browns signed former Texas’ quarterback Deshaun Watson to a five-year $230 million contract this offseason. However, Watson’s immediate future with the team is uncertain due to the ongoing investigation that the quarterback sexually assaulted 22 women.

    Cleveland brought in journey man Jacoby Brissett to be Watson’s backup and Dobbs, presumably, to be the third string quarterback.

    Then there’s Baker Mayfield who is still on Cleveland’s roster but has demanded a trade. Mayfield isn’t expected back in Cleveland opening the door for Dobbs to be the third string quarterback — or ever backup if Watson is suspended.

    Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.