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Jacoby Brissett ‘should’ start if Deshaun Watson is suspended
QB Jacoby Brissett should be the starter in Cleveland if QB Deshaun Watson sees a long-term suspension, rather than making amends with QB Baker Mayfield, according to Aaron Wilson. (Source: Aaron Wilson, Professional Football Network)
Fantastic impact: With Watson’s suspension threatening the Browns’ organization, Mayfield’s relationship with the team that drafted him has become “extremely awkward.” Mutual interest between the Seahawks and Mayfield was reported, but regardless of Mayfield’s situation, the Browns would be “expected” to move forward with Brissett as the team’s starter if Watson saw a lengthy suspension. “The NFL Players Association is concerned that Watson could be suspended all season, in which case the Browns would trust Brissett to be the team’s starter. In Brissett’s two full seasons starting with the Indianapolis Colts in 2017 and 2019, Brissett finished as a low-end QB2 both years.Brissett is currently drafted at QB40, according to FantasyPros’ average draft position, and could potentially see an entire season’s action.
– Jordan Epp
Justin Jefferson excited Vikings ‘no longer a first offense’
In a chat with NFL Network’s Patrick Clayborn, Minnesota Vikings WR Justin Jefferson said, “Our offensive style, it’s not a first offense anymore. Just that we’re able to put different people in different positions and distribute the ball, really. I’m so excited in this attack. (Source: NFL.com)
Fantastic Impact: The Vikings left longtime HC Mike Zimmer after the 2021 season. Under defensive-minded coach Zimmer, Jefferson has led the league in receiving since his rookie season in 2020 with 3,016 receiving yards. . This offseason, the team hired former Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell, and with this hire, the team should transition to a more spread out and friendly offense. Jefferson has been dominant on Zimmers’ offense, but a Vikings pass-first offense could take his game to new heights. Jefferson is currently rated WR2 by FantasyPros ECR and is a regular first-round pick. In leagues that start three WRs, he should be an early pick in the first round.
– Sam Ryner
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