Deshaun Watson, despite facing initial challenges, believes the Cleveland Browns are making progress in the right direction as the regular season approaches. Watson encountered a rough start in a preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs, including a fumbled handoff and two incompletions that led to a three-and-out. However, he regained his composure and orchestrated two successful drives resulting in touchdowns. The Chiefs ultimately won the preseason finale 33-32.
Watson, who had a challenging previous season following a suspension, acknowledged the value of handling adversity early in the game. The Browns’ defense contributed to the team’s performance, with Juan Thornhill and Caleb Biggers intercepting passes for touchdowns, giving the Browns a lead of 29-16.
After a comeback by the Chiefs and a lead change, the Browns secured a 40-yard field goal by struggling kicker Cade York to regain a brief lead. The Chiefs responded with a field goal of their own and partially blocked York’s last-minute attempt, resulting in a 33-32 victory for the Chiefs.
Watson’s play was scrutinized as he played the entire first quarter, completing 5 of 10 passes for 92 yards, including a touchdown pass to David Njoku. Browns coach Kevin Stefanski highlighted the variety of scenarios Watson encountered during his playing time, ranging from deep throws to scramble plays.
The preseason finale allowed both teams to rest their star players, including Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce for the Chiefs and Myles Garrett for the Browns. Despite this, the game yielded costly injuries for the Browns, including Jakeem Grant Sr.’s significant knee injury and Denzel Ward’s concussion protocol entry.
Kansas City’s backup quarterbacks Shane Buechele and Blaine Gabbert struggled to find consistency, but there were standout moments from players like Justyn Ross, Ihmir Smith-Marsette, and La’Mical Perine, who were vying for roster spots.
Both teams are now focused on preparing for the regular season, with the Browns opening against the Cincinnati Bengals on September 10 and the Chiefs facing the Detroit Lions on September 7 in the NFL’s regular-season opener.