How Deshaun Watson, Jerome Ford and the rest of the Browns offense graded vs. the Jaguars

Jacksonville, Fla. — Quarterback Deshaun Watson made his Browns debut on Friday night as the Browns took on the Jacksonville Jaguars in a 24-13 preseason win.

In just nine snaps, however, Watson struggled to get into a rhythm in his first game action in 19 months. He completed just one of five attempts for seven yards, ending the game with a 56.6 offensive grade from Pro Football Focus.

While Watson struggled without five Pro Bowlers, rookie running back Jerome Ford was a bright spot, scoring two touchdowns (one on a 3-yard run up the middle and one on a 14-yard reception from Josh Dobbs). He led the running backs with a 73.5 offensive grade.

How did the rest of the offense do? Here’s a look at how PFF analysts graded the Browns against the Jaguars.

(PFF grades every player on every play and uses a scale of 0-100, with higher grades indicating better play. PFF has explained its grades this way: 100-90 elite; 89-85 Pro Bowler; 84-70 starter; 69-60 backup; 59-0 replaceable. In other words, it’s similar to how we would match up percentages with traditional letter grades in school.)

NOTE: Snap counts in parentheses.

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Josh Dobbs: 83.3 (29)

Josh Rosen: 68.1 (17)

Deshaun Watson: 56.6 (9)

Notable: Dobbs had the only QB scramble of the game for Cleveland.


Jerome Ford: 73.5 (21)

Johnny Stanton IV: 67.8 (18)

John Kelly: 65.5 (29)

D’Ernest Johnson: 27.3 (3)

Notable: Ford also ended with a 74.9 receiving grade, catching four of five targets


Daylen Baldwin: 89.7 (14)

Derrick Dillon: 59.9 (6)

Javon Wims: 56.0 (21)

Ja’Marcus Bradley: 55.7 (22)

Demetric Felton: 55.4 (7)

Travell Harris: 54.2 (9)

Mike Harley: 53.0 (30)

Donovan Peoples-Jones: 50.2 (9)

Anthony Schwartz: 28.7 (9)

Notable: Schwartz was credited with two drops on three targets.


Nakia Griffin-Stewart: 92.9 (15)

Miller Forristall: 75.7 (24)

Marcus Santos-Silva: 60.0 (3)

Harrison Bryant: 56.6 (4)

David Njoku: 56.0 (9)

Zaire Mitchell-Paden: 45.8 (20)

Notable: The average depth of target for Griffin-Stewart was 10.3 yards. He caught three of four targets.


Wyatt Teller: 81.7 (9)

Blake Hance: 75.7 (15)

Ethan Pocic: 71.1 (20)

Jedrick Wills Jr.: 64.8 (9)

Nick Harris: 60.0 (2)

Dawson Deaton: 60.0 (1)

David Moore: 59.0 (5)

Hjalte Froholdt: 58.5 (33)

Brock Hoffman: 55.0 (27)

James Hudson III: 53.5 (22)

Alex Taylor: 52.1 (24)

Drew Forbes: 52.0 (28)

Michael Dunn: 50.8 (20)

Elijah Nkansah: 44.7 (9)

Ben Petrula: 30.7 (46)

Notable: Teller had the best run blocking grade (79.2) while Forbes had the best pass blocking grade (82.8)

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