Berea, Ohio – Deshaun Watson, speaking on HBO’s interviews with his accusers, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell revealed Tuesday that the league is about to end its investigation into him, put his head down on Wednesday and do what he does best: play soccer.
On the second day of organized team activities – the only one available to the media this week – Watson put on a show, delivering precise deep balls, Amary Cooper, Donovan Peoples Jones and David Bell while showing off his elite sportsmanship and ability not seen in Brown’s New Age uniforms.
Superstar talent strikes differently, and it was just like that on the training ground on Wednesday. Agility, arm talent, vision and decision making were the hallmarks of a midfield player of Hall of Fame caliber.
“It was great,” Nick Chubb said as he stepped back. “The throws he makes are unbelievable. He’s definitely a special player. I can’t wait to work with him. He can create big plays. He’s a playmaker, so he’ll be able to do anything and everything on the field and he’ll be even more powerful.”
It’s clear that Watson’s efforts to connect with his teammates have already paid off. He committed an offense on an all-expenses-paid trip to Atlantis in the Bahamas last week to promote camaraderie and team harmony. It had the desired effect. They are buying him up as a person and as one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.
“He’s a great guy to be around,” Chubb said. “We all love him. He is a natural leader. He has been here since OTAs started. He took us on a journey. I think these things bring confidence and bonding to our team.”
That’s important coming from Chubb, who was as close to Baker Mayfield as anyone else.
“Baker and I got together, so we were always close,” Chubb said. “He will still be one of my best friends. He is a great person in general, so these things will never change.”
He is confident Mayfield will succeed when he gets another chance.
“One hundred percent,” he said. “I know Baker. His attitude, his intensity, wherever he goes. He will be on. He will be ready.”
Coach Kevin Stefansky revealed after training that he had not seen the interviews with prosecutors Ashley Solis and Kela Hayes that Soledad O’Brien conducted for HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumble.
“I didn’t,” Stefansky said Wednesday. “I’ve read about it. I’d like to tell you, we’ve done a lot of work on that as we’ve talked about. We’ve done a lot of work on Deshaun the person and there’s legal action going on, and there’s an ongoing investigation so I won’t comment much more. But we understand regarding that, that Something we will deal with as these actions continue.
Instead, Stefansky watched Watson manage the new offense as if it were an old hat, ran across the field to congratulate teammates like Jacobi Brissett on the big plays, and spent more than 10 minutes after training signing autographs and taking photos with members of the military who were done Invite them to watch the practice. He also introduced linebacker Anthony Walker Jr. With a Rolex watch and other gifts to give him his own number. 4 shirts.
“Deshaun, like all of our guys, are professionals and when they are here, we have work to do,” Stefansky said. “And we try very hard to prevent being outside and to make sure that we focus on the daily tasks at hand when it comes to football.”
Stefansky admitted that Watson’s trip to the Bahamas, which included daily practices, helped the cause.
“Deshawn had another good day,” Stefanski said. “I thought it was really sharp [Tuesday] also. I think all this work is important. The work that they do in this building together, the work that they do outside of the building, it all adds up. You’ve heard me say it before, actors have been added, so he’s doing a good job.
Watson has already stunned his fellow defensive players, who know they have to be great all summer to defend him. It seems to reinforce the unity between attack and defense that was missing last season.
“A great leader,” said Greg Newsom II. “Obviously I haven’t been able to have a lot of conversations with him but I can just tell it’s a different aura to him and you can tell he’s a great leader. He comes into the building and works every day. You can tell by this offense, I think they look great now. But That’s the first thing I can say, he’s a great leader, a great person.”
Like Stefansky, Newsom did not watch an HBO episode, and said Watson did not address it with the team.
“Nah and I don’t think that’s any of our business. His job here is to play football and when he comes here his job is football, not telling us about his personal affairs. He leaves those outside and deals with those with his family and then when he comes into this building, we talk It’s all about work.”
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