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Deshaun Watson Admits His Game Has Suffered

The reputation of Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson has taken a battering on and off the field in recent years.

Deshaun Watson was the subject of sexual misconduct allegations and missed the entire 2021 season as a result. His following suspension limited him to 6 games in 2022 in which he did not look like his old self.

Cleveland staked $230 million on the hope Deshaun Watson would return to the form that saw him lead the league in passing yards in 2020 and go to three straight Pro Bowls.


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Watson is under no illusions about this heading into 2023, and says it’s up to him to prove himself again.

“I missed two years of football, so I shouldn’t be in those rankings, to be honest,” Watson said.

“If you’re asking me, I haven’t played ball. I haven’t played enough football the last few years to even be up there.

“So I got to go out there and prove and show what I got to do to get back in those conversations.

“I’m self-driven,” Watson added. “I want to be the best I can be for Deshaun Watson. I can’t get caught up in the other guys and seeing what they’re doing and all of them are elite. If you’re a starting quarterback in this league, you’re pretty elite.”


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“This is a hard business. This is a hard job to have and it’s only 32 spots. I feel like everyone’s elite and I got to be self-driven to be the best Deshaun Watson I can be for this team and for myself.”

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