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Rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson intercepted 3 times in rough 1st start in place of injured Deshaun Watson

CLEVELAND — Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson was thrust into action Sunday but wasn’t up for the challenge.

With Deshaun Watson ruled out with a bruised right shoulder in the hours leading up to the Week 4 showdown with Baltimore, the rookie fifth-round pick out of UCLA was given the controls of the Browns offense.

His inexperience showed, as the Browns struggled to find any rhythm during a 28-3 loss at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Ravens 28, Browns 3: QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson has terrible first start as Cleveland stumbles into bye


“Yeah, got the first one out the way,” Thompson-Robinson said. “A lot to clean up from my standpoint, just making sure that I can do everything I can possible. I know that there were times when I forced the ball and tried to make a play. Even though it feels like that point in the game where you kind of need to, you still have to be able to go through your process, go through your reads and make sure that you’re getting the ball to the right guy.”

Thompson-Robinson threw for 3,154 yards and 27 touchdowns to 10 interceptions during his senior season with the Bruins, leading the Browns to use the 140th overall draft pick on him. He impressed the team so much during training camp and the preseason that Cleveland traded veteran No. 2 quarterback Joshua Dobbs and a 2024 seventh-round pick to Arizona in August in exchange for a 2024 fifth-round pick.

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Dobbs has filled in admirably for Cardinals starter Kyler Murray, who’s out with an injury.

“That’s the reason why I’m most frustrated,” Thompson-Robinson said. “This organization, this team, everybody from the draft process on up has put their faith into me, especially being the No. 2. Today is not what the picture of a No. 2 quarterback should look like.”

The Ravens had no issues daring Thompson-Robinson to beat them, as he finished 19-for-36 with 121 yards, three interceptions and a 25.3 passer rating. He also was sacked four times and hit on eight occasions as Baltimore kept him under consistent pressure.

“I told him, ‘Keep your head up, we did not do enough for you,’” left guard Joel Bitonio said. “It is a tough spot to come in and not really know if you are going to go or not.

“He took some hits out there that were tough and popped back up. So I have a lot of respect for him for that. But we cannot let him take those.”

Two Thompson-Robinson’s interceptions led to Baltimore touchdowns, while the third came on the final play of the game. His first was returned 52 yards by cornerback Brandon Stephens and allowed the Ravens to take a 7-3 lead after quarterback Lamar Jackson scored on a 10-yard run on the next play.

The second pick came in the fourth with Cleveland driving while trailing 21-3. He lofted a deep ball intended for receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones that safety Geno Stone picked off, setting up the Ravens at Cleveland’s 38-yard line.

Six plays later, Jackson found tight end Mark Andrews for an 18-yard touchdown, his second of the day.

“Yeah, he battled,” coach Kevin Stefanski said of Thompson-Robinson. “Listen, I know there’s going to be plenty that he can do better. I know plenty that I can put him in a better spot. But the kid battled.”

Thompson-Robinson expected more.

“Nobody likes losing, especially me,” he said. “I’m a big winner and that’s what everybody was hoping for today, including myself.”

Contact Chris Sweeney at 440-329-7135 or Follow him @csweeney1686 on Twitter.


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