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Deshaun Watson speaks to media for first time since return, sticks to ‘football questions’

The QB talked about his expectations returning to the field

Syndication: Akron Beacon Journal Jeff Lange / USA TODAY NETWORK

One of the responsibilities of the starting quarterback of NFL franchises is to meet with the media. The league requires players who are under heavy demand for media requests, generally the quarterbacks and star players, be made available for group interviews at least once a week and following games.

The Cleveland Browns made QB Deshaun Watson available on Thursday for the first time since his 11-game suspension. Until this week, the Browns had Jacoby Brissett available in the first media session, generally on Wednesdays.

After almost two full years without playing a game, Watson returns Sunday against his former team, on the road, versus the Houston Texans. Expectations going into the game are all over the place given Watson’s talent and time off from playing.

Talking to the media on Thursday, Cleveland’s starting quarterback made it clear in his opening statement that he was only going to talk about things related to football:

That was not the only time Watson brought up Jacoby Brissett, the man he is replacing. He noted how he watched how Brissett talked to his teammates and led in the locker room:

Besides learning from Brissett, Watson also noted that he spent some of his time away from the team learning by watching other quarterbacks like Patrick Mahomes and Tua Tagovailoa.

Watson also talked about some of the things that he did to stay mentally engaged while away and his thoughts about knocking off rust:

As part of the discussion, Watson did note his excitement for playing in front of Houston fans but that his focus is not on their reaction:

We are likely to hear from Watson after the game which will likely include Houston media asking questions for the first time since he was traded.