PJ Walker will maintain his role as the backup quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, even though he had some challenging performances when filling in for Deshaun Watson.
The Browns have clarified their quarterback plan, with head coach Kevin Stefanski stating that Walker will be the choice if Watson is unavailable. Stefanski said, “P.J. remains the backup.”
Walker has participated in three games this season, including two starts, during which he passed for 618 yards, one touchdown, and five interceptions.
Stefanski explained that his earlier non-committal statement regarding Walker shouldn’t be overanalyzed; he’s making decisions based on daily assessments.
There was speculation that Stefanski might have been waiting for the October 31 trade deadline to pass before discussing the quarterback situation. The Browns were exploring veteran quarterbacks, particularly Jacoby Brissett, as an insurance policy, but their offer for Brissett was rejected. The Browns were reportedly seeking a second or third-round pick, while their best offer was a sixth-round pick.
At the trade deadline, the Browns only made a deal as sellers, sending wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones to the Detroit Lions in exchange for a sixth-round pick. The hope was to use that pick to acquire a backup quarterback, but it didn’t materialize.
Deshaun Watson returned to practice and showed promising signs, but his status remains uncertain due to a rotator cuff strain that has kept him sidelined for much of the last four games. Stefanski acknowledged Watson’s progress but did not confirm his status, emphasizing Watson’s dedication to rehabilitation and hard work.