Brissett knows role after Watson ban: Next QB up

by Ricardo Gutierrez - Jacoby Brissett said he's "ready to go, whenever my number's called" to the starting quarterback for the Browns after Deshaun Watson was suspended for six games.

Cleveland Browns' Jacoby Brissett 'ready to go' as starter after Deshaun Watson suspension play Stefanski deflects talk of Watson suspension (0:42) Kevin Stefanski says that the Browns' players and coaches are focused on "what they can control" after the news of Deshaun Watson's six-game suspension. (0:42) 1:34 PM ET Jake TrotterESPN Staff Writer Close Covers the Big 12 Joined ESPN.com in 2011 Graduate of Washington & Lee University BEREA, Ohio -- Jacoby Brissett said his past experiences as a backup quarterback have prepared him for the situation in Cleveland, where he's in line take over for suspended Cleveland Browns starter Deshaun Watson . "It's been my situation throughout my career," Brissett said Tuesday. "Nothing that I'm unfamiliar with. Always been ready to go, whenever my number's called and that's the case at this point now." On Monday, disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson suspended Watson for six games for violating the league's personal conduct policy following accusations of sexual misconduct. The NFL Players Association and the league have until 9 a.m. ET Thursday to file a written appeal of Robinson's ruling. Editor's Picks Browns QB Watson suspended 6 games, not fined 7h Jake Trotter 1 Related In a statement Sunday night, the union made it clear that it will "stand by" her decision and urged the NFL to do the same. The league, in a statement Monday, said it was determining its next steps. Browns coach Kevin Stefanski on Tuesday said Watson would speak to reporters once the appeals process is complete. Last week, Stefanski reiterated that Brissett, whom the Browns signed to a one-year deal during the offseason, would become Cleveland's starter should Watson face a suspension. Brissett has filled in at starting quarterback under unusual circumstances early in the season. As a rookie for the New England Patriots in 2016, he had to step in after Tom Brady was suspended for "Deflategate" and Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a shoulder injury. Just before the start of the 2019 season, Brissett became the starter for the Indianapolis Colts following Andrew Luck's surprise retirement. Then last year, Brissett replaced injured starter Tua Tagovailoa in Week 2 for the Miami Dolphins . Despite being a backup for much of his career, Brissett has 37 starts with a record of 14-23. "Since I've been in this league, it's been the next man up," Brissett said. "So that experience obviously helps with not only the playing, but also like the mindset of understanding -- you gotta be ready whenever your number is called." To this point, Watson has received the overwhelming majority of first-team snaps in training camp, but Stefanski has indicated that Robinson's ruling will eventually clear the way for Brissett to get more work with the first team. "(That's) extremely important obviously because those are the guys that will be with us," Brissett said. "We have a plan in place and we believe in the plan. And we're going about to plan the right way, and that'll come when it comes." Brissett said he had not spoken to Watson about the suspension and that he wasn't planning to read Robinson's 16-page report. "I feel that is Deshaun's business," Brissett said, "and I would like to stay out of that."