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Cleveland Browns Name Josh Dobbs As Backup QB Ahead Of Season

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Former Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs won a training camp battle to be the Browns backup quarterback, Cleveland coach Kevin Stefanski announced Thursday afternoon.

Dobbs beat out UCLA rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson to earn the right to backup former Clemson star DeShaun Watson.

The former Tennessee standout is in his second stint with Cleveland. Dobbs spent the early parts of last season as the Browns’ backup quarterback while Watson served his suspension. Once Watson returned, Dobbs was relegated to the practice squad as Cleveland’s third string quarterback.

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That’s where the Tennessee Titans found Dobbs late in the 2022-23 season. With Ryan Tannehill sidelined with a high ankle sprain and Malik Willis struggling in his rookie season, the Titans signed Dobbs and gave him his first real starting opportunity in the NFL.

Dobbs performed adequately in two games despite being surrounded by a poor supporting cast. The former Tennessee quarterback completed 40-of-68 passes for 411 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in losses against Dallas and Jacksonville.

The Titans didn’t resign Dobbs after the season and he returned to Cleveland before winning the backup quarterback job.

Cleveland is looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2022 season when Watson was sidelined with a suspension. The Browns are looking to return to the playoffs this season in a challenging AFC North which includes Joe Burrow and Lamar Jackson.

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