Josh Dobbs is excited about the opportunity to play with the Cleveland Browns according to his comments in two separate interviews he conducted this past weekend. Dobbs agreed to a deal with the Browns last week, but will finalize the one-year contract this upcoming Wednesday. The Browns, along with the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens, were one of three teams that Dobbs visited this off-season.
“In talking with Cleveland, it’s a tremendous opportunity as well as a really, really fun (quarterback) room to be in and a really, really talented team,” Dobbs told Sirius NFL Radio Sunday. “It’s a little weird, you play against them every year in the league being in Pittsburgh, and now you are a Cleveland Brown. Of course, I’m excited about the opportunity. I’m excited about the future.”
Dobbs’ last meaningful football played was against Cleveland in week 17 of 2020 when he split time with Mason Rudolph. He threw only five passes in that game, but completed four of them for a net zero yards. Dobbs has only attempted 17 passes in his career since being drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
“It’s definitely a grind for sure,” Dobbs told Knoxville radio station 99.1 THE Sports Animal Sunday about finding the opportunity to start in the NFL. “I always tell people that there’s only 32 starting quarterbacks in the world. There’s less than 100 NFL in the world, at one time. It’s an extremely competitive profession and obviously everyday you have to put your best foot forward. I’ve done that, I’ve enjoyed that. But it’s all about when the opportunity comes and make the most of it.”
Dobbs didn’t get much of a chance to play in Pittsburgh as he only appeared in six games throwing one interception and no touchdowns. He did spend some time out of Pittsburgh as he was traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars prior to the 2019 season, but was injured and didn’t appear in a single game that year. He does think that he can fit well in head coach Kevin Stefanski’s offense with the Browns if he gets the chance.
“Just getting a chance to watch Stefanski’s offense, I’ll be excited to dive into it, and play in it, as well — and contribute however I can to help the team win,” Dobbs continued with Sirius.
Right now, Dobbs stands to be fourth on the quarterback depth chart behind Deshaun Watson and Jacoby Brissett, who were both acquired this past off-season, and incumbent starter Baker Mayfield. Mayfield is unlikely to be on the team come the start of the 2022 NFL season, but the Browns have yet to find a trade partner.