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QB Baker Mayfield - Cleveland Browns

6-1, 218Born: 4-14-1995College: OklahomaDrafted: Round 1, pick

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 17): How much is Tyrod Taylor holding back the Browns offense, or conversely, what could Baker Mayfield add to the Browns offense? They may have a plan of keeping Mayfield on the bench all year, but as near miss losses and ties pile up, these questions could push Mayfield onto the field sooner or later.

General News (Fri Sep 21): replaced a concussed Tyrod Taylor and led the Browns to a comeback victory in Week 3. Mayfield has not been named the starting quarterback by head coach Hue Jackson, who said he needed to watch game film before naming a starter.

Week 3: vs New York Jets

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FBG says: Good matchup. Week 2 brought some noticeable steps forward for the Browns passing attack, even as top deep threat Josh Gordon was shuffled loose from the team. A week after completing just 15 of 40 throws, Tyrod Taylor hit on 22 of 30 against the Saints, utilizing a low-risk approach over the middle and in the flats. Taylor had no success downfield, however, until a 47-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Callaway tied the game in the final 2 minutes. And his back-breaking fourth-quarter interception was a terrible throw into aggressive double coverage. Taylor annually ranks among the league's leaders in deep-ball efficiency, but he's struggling to make things happen as a Brown. Without Gordon, the personnel lends itself to a short-ball game dominated by Jarvis Landry and David Njoku, neither of whom has ever shown much down the field. There's dynamism on the table, of course, in the speedy Callaway. And if Njoku's seam routes start panning out, he'll be a dangerous weapon in the Eric Ebron mold. But as things stand, this isn't a very fruitful passing game. Taylor needs more time to develop downfield chemistry with his receivers; without it, he's little more than a sanitized dump-off artist. The Jets are in the midst of assembling a workable, even dynamic, secondary. Morris Claiborne is rebuilding his career as an outside cover man, while prized free agent Trumaine Johnson and slot man Buster Skrine comprise a stout group of cornerbacks. And second-year safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye have both flashed potential as centerfield playmakers. Still, armed with arguably the league's least-impactful pass rush, there's a ton of pressure on that secondary week after week. It's rare to see much heat put on by the talent-starved front line, forcing the linebackers and safeties to create pressure on blitzes. The Jets desperately need young edge rusher Brandon Copeland to keep inching forward as a playmaker. If no one makes a leap, this will continue to be a put-upon unit, one that will tire in games and allow big gains through the air.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
3 vs NYJ 46 17 23 201 0 0 2 -2 0 0 8.85

Percentile ranks

Baker Mayfield's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Latest News

Browns | Baker Mayfield to be named starter (Sun Sep 23, 11:16 AM) - Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield will be named the team's starting quarterback Monday, Sept. 24.

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Browns | Baker Mayfield not the starter yet (Fri Sep 21, 08:02 AM) - Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield has yet to be named the starting quarterback by head coach Hue Jackson, who said he needed to watch game film before naming a starter.

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Browns | Baker Mayfield efficient in relief (Fri Sep 21, 12:02 AM) - Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield completed 17 of 23 passes (73.9 percent) for 201 yards against the New York Jets on Thursday, Sept. 20. Mayfield entered the game late in the second quarter after QB Tyrod Taylor (concussion) suffered a concussion.

Our View: Mayfield will be a hot pickup with Oakland up next. He looked ready to be a fantasy relevant quarterback and up the value of every part of this offense.
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Schedule

3vs New York Jets
4@ Oakland Raiders
5vs Baltimore Ravens
6vs Los Angeles Chargers
7@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8@ Pittsburgh Steelers
9vs Kansas City Chiefs
10vs Atlanta Falcons
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12@ Cincinnati Bengals
13@ Houston Texans
14vs Carolina Panthers
15@ Denver Broncos
16vs Cincinnati Bengals
17@ Baltimore Ravens