Feb 16, 2021
J.J. Watts future NFL team may have been predicted by New Girl back in 2015
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J.J. Watt is a free agent after he asked the Texans to release him from his contract, and NFL fans are curious as to where he’ll sign next.
There may have been a brief clue about Watt’s future back in 2015, when the defensive end appeared in the television show “New Girl.” During Season 4, Episode 19, Watt played himself in an episode titled “The Right Thing.” About 17 minutes into the episode, Watt can be seen reaching for a box that features a football helmet.
The team of that helmet? The Browns.
Season 4 episode 19 of New Girl.
J.J Watt makes an appearance.
4:30 seconds left in the episode, JJ reaches for something.
Can you guess what that something is!?
IT’S A BROWNS [email protected] it’s your destiny!! ????????#Browns pic.twitter.com/sU61nyaQCb
— DynastyCLE (@DynastyCLE) February 16, 2021
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The helmet only made a brief cameo, but it’s probably enough to get Browns fans excited. And while there’s a logical reason for that helmet be ing there (it was in the garage of Watt’s agent who died in the show), it is an interesting coincidence considering this upcoming offseason.
Watt became a free agent and at the time of his release, reports said that “going to a contender will be important” for the veteran player. The Browns are certainly contenders after a strong 2020, and a report came out Tuesday saying there was mutual interest.
Released by the Texans on Friday, Watt is seriously considering the Browns as one of his options because they have a lot of what he wants, sources tell cleveland.com.
The two biggest things? Money and a potential Super Bowl. What’s more, they have a strong supporting cast and a positive environment.
So there’s a real chance Watt ends up on the Browns.
While it won’t be because of a random “New Girl” episode back in 2015, it is an interesting connection nonetheless.
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Browns Pro-Bowl Acquisition Carted Off Field With Injury
Getty Images Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski.
As far as the Cleveland Browns are concerned, the start of 2022 season can be summed up by one new and unfortunate maxim — free agency giveth, and the preseason taketh away.
The Browns picked up Pro Bowl return specialist Jakeem Grant on a three-year, $10 million deal to spice up special teams and provide a shot of electric depth to the wide receiver room. Then, on Tuesday, August 9, those plans for Grant were deflated by what appeared to be a serious injury.
Camryn Justice of WEWS in Cleveland captured video of Grant heavily favoring his left leg and unable to exit the field of his own power, forcing the Browns’ medical team to escort him from practice on the back of a player cart.
#Browns Jakeem Grant carted off the field. pic.twitter.com/PGWQGrGKlf
— Camryn Justice (@camijustice) August 9, 2022
“#Browns Jakeem Grant carted off the field,” Justice captioned the video.
Grant was selected to the Pro Bowl as a returner in 2021, which he split between the Chicago Bears and the Miami Dolphins.
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GettyWide receiver Jakeem Grant, formerly of the Chicago Bears, runs for a first down against the Baltimore Ravens during a game at Soldier Field on November 21, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois.
While it is still too early to say how bad Grant’s injury actually is, video evidence showed clearly Tuesday that the hybrid playmaker essentially couldn’t put any weight on his left leg. That is generally a terrible sign and usually indicates an injury of some severity.
If it ends up that Grant misses several games, or the entire season, that development will throw a serious hitch into both the team’s plans for Grant and the vision he has for the evolution of his career.
Speaking with Justice on Sunday, Grant made clear the mission he is on is to go on the offensive, literally.
“I always preach that I’m a receiver first before a returner, and I’m going to continue to preach that message,” Grant said. “And I’m going to continue to work on that until I get that opportunity to have that breakout season.”
Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski was on board with Grant’s quest and said at the beginning of training camp that the offense would love to incorporate him where and when appropriate.
“He’s an electric player. He’s fast,” Stefanski said on July 29. “Certainly somebody who we would love to use as we get into the regular season.”
Cleveland listed Grant as a third-string wide receiver on its first unofficial depth chart of the preseason, which was released on Monday.Browns’ Offense Plagued by WR Injuries, Watson Uncertainty
GettyWide receiver Amari Cooper of the Cleveland Browns walks off the field after team OTAs at CrossCountry Mortgage Campus on May 25, 2022 in Berea, Ohio. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images)
Of Cleveland’s top six wide receivers, five of them have now been hurt to one degree or another.
Grant joins Amari Cooper, David Bell, Anthony Schwartz and Michael Woods as Browns’ pass catchers to go down since July 22. The first three have returned to practice after an ankle, foot and knee problems, respectively. Woods will remain out for the time being after re-aggravating a hamstring injury initially sustained during the spring. Grant’s fate is yet to be determined.
And that’s not the only question mark for Cleveland’s offense as Week 1 against former QB Baker Mayfield and the Carolina Panthers looms just 33 days out. Deshaun Watson will be suspended at least six games for violations of the league’s player conduct policy, a punishment that could be lengthened following the conclusion of an NFL appeal to the decision that is currently underway.