QB Baker Mayfield - Cleveland Browns
|6-1, 218||Born: 4-14-1995||College: Oklahoma||Drafted: Round 1, pick|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 10): Mayfield was better than his bottom line looked in Week 14. He'll get a Denver defense that is unpredictable on Saturday, but has firmly put himself in QB2/Superflex consideration.
Week 15: at Denver Broncos
FBG says: Good matchup. Baker Mayfield has excelled since the Browns fired Hue Jackson and Todd Haley and elevated Freddie Kitchens to offensive coordinator. Over the past five weeks, Mayfield has completed 73.2% of his passes, averaged 281 passing yards per game, and thrown 11 touch-downs against 4 interceptions. He has shown tremendous pocket presence and downfield accuracy, emerging as one of the most exciting young quarterbacks in the league. Since the coaching change, the Browns offense has been run-heavy in wins. Mayfield averaged just 22.3 passers per game in wins over Atlanta, Cincinnati, and Carolina. However, in the two losses, Mayfield averaged 42.5 attempts. Jarvis Landry has been especially impacted by the differing game scripts. In the three wins, he saw just 4.6 targets per game while seeing 8.0 in the two losses. Cleveland is a road underdog against Denver and may be forced into a more pass-heavy offensive approach this week. Denver has struggled mightily against the pass in recent weeks. The Broncos allowed back-to-back 400-yard games to Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger in Weeks 11 and 12 and have not improved since then as over the past two weeks, they've allowed unheralded backups, Jeff Driskel and Nick Mullens, to throw for 236 and 332 yards, respectively. The Broncos have the league's best pass rushing duo in defensive ends Von Miller and Bradley Chubb. Denver ranks 7th-best in the league in sack rate almost entirely due to the two ends as Miller has 13.5 sacks while Chubb has 12.0. The cornerbacks have been susceptible to the big play, which is a big reason why Denver has allowed the 7th-most passing yards (264 per game), and the recent loss of their best cornerback Chris Harris has not helped matters. Of the 31 touchdowns, the Broncos defense has allowed this season, 23 have come through the air. Denver will have its hands full against Baker Mayfield and the improving pass offense of the Browns.
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Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 14 vs CAR (18 / 22 / 238 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 2 / 0 rush)
Mayfield played nearly perfectly, missing on just four of his 22 pass attempts. Three of those incompletions were drops by his receivers. Mayfield was excellent in the pocket in this game, moving expertly to avoid pressure and firing passes with laser precision while on the run. His very first pass of the game was a 66-yard strike off of play action which hit Breshad Perriman perfectly in stride. Perriman stumbled toward the end of the catch or it would have gone for a touchdown. Mayfield's touchdown pass came at the beginning of the second quarter on a ridiculously good pass. He did a great job avoiding pressure before running left and then firing a 51-yard strike to Jarvis Landry in the end zone, splitting a Carolina double team in the process. He should have had another touchdown later in the second quarter but a wide open Rashard Higgins dropped a perfect pass down the middle of the field. The Panthers played much better defense in the second half, which forced Mayfield to play more conservatively. Despite the improved competition, Mayfield still kept the chains moving. On the second drive of the fourth quarter, Mayfield made perhaps the pass of the game, though it might go overlooked. Backed up to his own goal line, Mayfield rolled right in his own end zone and hit Perriman with a 15-yard pass on 2nd-and-11. It gave the offense some breathing room and kept the Panthers out of an advantageous spot. The Browns' strong running game and Mayfield's efficiency are keeping him from posting huge fantasy games but he is a solid QB2 for the rest of the way.
2018 Week 13 vs HOU (29 / 43 / 397 / 1 / 3 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Mayfield played his worst game in a while, but he still showed the flashes that have many in Cleveland excited about his future. Mayfield shows excellent accuracy and zip on his passes, even when throwing on the run. His first half was brutal, as he completed just 5-of-13 passes for 46 yards while throwing three consecutive interceptions. His first pick was brutal as it went for a pick-six. Facing pressure from the pass rush, he forced a poor pass down the middle of the field. Mayfield's second interception came when the defender read his eyes and jumped in front of Antonio Callaway's route. He had another interception overturned by replay but came back and threw his final pick at the end of the second quarter. He targeted David Njoku in the end zone but overthrew the tight end. The ball wound up in the hands of a Houston defender. The second half was better as Mayfield led the Browns to a touchdown on their first drive. The second drive of the third quarter should have ended in another touchdown. It appeared as though Mayfield had a 76-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Callaway but the play was nullified by an offensive holding penalty. After a running play, he hit Callaway again, this time going for 71 yards. Callaway appeared to have a chance to score but he was stripped and lost the ball at the Houston one-yard line. Mayfield's lone touchdown pass went to Rashard Higgins in the fourth quarter. He showed great accuracy on the run to hit Higgins in the back right corner of the end zone for the 17-yard score. This game served as a good reminder that despite how well Mayfield has looked at times, he is still a rookie and is going to make mistakes along the way.
2018 Week 12 vs CIN (19 / 26 / 258 / 4 / 0 pass, 4 / -4 / 0 rush)
Mayfield put on a show in Cincinnati. The rookie quarterback spent much of the first half firing strikes to his receivers. He was excellent in the pocket, repeatedly moving away from pressure while throwing accurate passes on the run. Mayfield was also excellent in the play action game, selling run fakes and making the defense pay with accurate passes. Mayfield's first touchdown was a 13-yard strike to Antonio Callaway, thrown while on the move. David Njoku did most of the work on Mayfield's second TD toss, catching a short pass and muscling his way into the end zone (helped by a push from some of his offensive linemen) for a six-yard score. Mayfield's third score was a terrific pass and catch as he threw a high lob to a closely covered Nick Chubb. Chubb went up over the back of a Cincinnati defender, snatching the ball off of the defender's helmet. With the Browns holding a 28-7 lead, Mayfield was only asked to throw four passes in the second half. One of those passes was a six-yard touchdown to tight end Darren Fells. Mayfield showed excellent patience as he waited for Fells to cross the back of the end zone from left to right. He then fired a pin-point pass over the head of a defender for the score. Mayfield has really flourished under new offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens. His ability to escape and accuracy while throwing on the run has become a problem for opposing defenses.
2018 Week 10 vs ATL (17 / 20 / 216 / 3 / 0 pass, 6 / 20 / 0 rush)
Mayfield threw three touchdowns for the first time in his young career. The banged-up Atlanta defense had no answer for his accuracy and elusiveness in the pocket. Mayfield was a perfect 12-for-12 in first half pass attempts in the game. While his passing yardage totals from the game weren't impressive, that was a result of the Browns building a sizable lead and switching into a run-heavy, clock-killing approach. Mayfield made several impressive throws in the game, including his 28-yard touchdown pass to Rashard Higgins in the first quarter. The pass rush forced Mayfield to scramble right. He wound up throwing a perfect pass to Higgins in the end zone while on the move on a high degree of difficulty throw. His second touchdown pass came in the second quarter when he found Nick Chubb for a 13-yard score down the middle of the field. Mayfield set the play up well, faking like he was looking to throw to his left before he turned and hit Chubb for the score. He did get lucky in the third quarter as he was hit as he was getting ready to throw and fumbled the ball. Fortunately, it bounced right back to him and he turned it into a short gain on the ground. He wound up throwing just three incompletions in the game, all of which were directed at Jarvis Landry. He short-hopped Landry on a rushed throw in the third quarter on one of his only poor throws in the game. Later in the same quarter it looked like he had Landry deep right but he overthrew the ball on what would have gone for a long gain. Mayfield continues to impress with his arm strength, accuracy, and ability to avoid defenders in the pocket.
2018 Week 9 vs KC (29 / 42 / 297 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
The Browns offense, under new OC Freddie Kitchens, used more rollouts to get Mayfield out of the pocket. They also were a bit more conservative with their deep shots in the game, focusing on short and intermediate passes. As a result, Mayfield appeared more comfortable than he had for several weeks. His first pass attempt of the game came off a play-action pass but it fell incomplete. On the team's second drive Mayfield came close to connecting with Breshad Perriman for a deep score. Perriman was grabbed by a Chiefs defender near the goal line and wanted a flag but there was no penalty called. Mayfield showed excellent touch on a lob pass to Duke Johnson at the beginning of the second quarter. That play wound up going for a 23-yard gain. At the end of the second quarter Mayfield appeared to lose a fumble on a strip sack but that wound up getting nullified by an offsides penalty. He came close to throwing an interception in the third quarter but the defender was unable to catch the ball. At the end of that drive, Mayfield took a helmet-to-helmet hit on a sack but the officials didn't call it. He appeared a bit dazed after the play but it looked like he was going to remain in the game. Then Cleveland called a timeout and he was checked for a concussion in the blue tent on the sideline. Tyrod Taylor wound up running three plays for Mayfield, who returned to begin the fourth quarter. Both of Mayfield's touchdown passes in the game went to Duke Johnson. In all, it was a promising performance for Mayfield, who appeared comfortable in the reworked offense. His arrow is pointing up in the second half of the season.
2018 Week 8 vs PIT (22 / 36 / 180 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
Mayfield turned in a slow day against the Steelers but he faced intense pressure on the majority of his drop backs, which made it hard for Cleveland to try to push the ball downfield. Instead, they had to rely on short, quick passes which were mostly ineffective. The rookie quarterback had less than 100 passing yards at the start of the fourth quarter and picked up a large chunk of his yardage during garbage time on the final drive of the game. Mayfield did get the offense off to a fast start, getting into Pittsburgh territory on three of his team's first four drives. They weren't able to cap the drives off, however, settling for field goal attempts on all three of those drives. When Mayfield did attempt a deeper pass, he was generally unable to connect with his intended target. He tried Jarvis Landry deep on the left sideline on the second drive of the game but the pass was overthrown. On the fourth drive of the first quarter, Mayfield showed his elusiveness, spinning twice to get out of a sack and then hitting Jarvis Landry for a 21-yard completion down the right sideline. His lone interception of the day came at the beginning of the second quarter. He tried to get the ball to Damion Ratley down the right sideline but Joe Haden played the pass perfectly to make the pick on a slightly underthrown ball. He came close to throwing another pick later on but the defender dropped the ball. His first touchdown was a one-yard lob to Antonio Callaway in the end zone on a well-thrown ball. His second touchdown came during garbage time when he split a triple-team to find Seth DeValve in the middle of the end zone for a 24-yard score. With news that Hue Jackson and Todd Haley are both fired, Mayfield's rest of season outlook sees an uptick. Haley and Jackson asked Mayfield to throw far too many short dump off passes instead of pushing the ball downfield, which is a strength of Mayfield's. Former Bruce Arians staffer Freddie Kitchens will take over as offensive coordinator. If he applies anything he learned under Arians, this move can be considered a plus for Mayfield.
2018 Week 7 vs TB (23 / 34 / 215 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 43 / 0 rush)
t was an odd start to the game for Mayfield and the Browns offense. By design, the Browns came out with an extremely conservative game plan in the first half. Mayfield threw almost all short passes and the offense struggled to move the football. Mayfield continued to do a nice job escaping the pass rush as he often used his feet to avoid sacks. He did commit a few mistakes, including a fumble toward the end of the second quarter. With the Browns going for it on 4th-and-two. Mayfield ran for it and had the yardage for the first down, but the defender jarred the ball loose. It hit off Mayfield's knee and went backwards, eventually going out of bounds, resulting in a turnover on downs. The offense showed life in the second half. Mayfield started taking more shots downfield. He capped off the team's first drive of the third quarter with a 15-yard touchdown pass to David Njoku. Mayfield purposely threw the ball high in the end zone where Njoku bullied the defender en route to making the catch for the score. On the third drive of the third quarter, Mayfield threw an excellent pass to Jarvis Landry, putting the ball high enough that only Landry could make the catch. At the beginning of the fourth quarter, Mayfield ripped off a 35-yard rush. He took a helmet-to-helmet hit while sliding but no penalty was called as the officials ruled he hadn't begun his slide when the hit came. The official originally threw a flag on the play but then changed their minds. He came close to a touchdown at the end of that drive, completing a pass to Jarvis Landry which got the team down to the Tampa Bay two-yard line. If he would have thrown the pass slightly earlier it appeared Landry could have scored. He capped off his team's comeback with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Landry on the final drive of regulation. It was a low throw which forced Landry to slide for the catch. The offense cooled off in overtime. On the second possession of overtime with the offense on the edge of field goal range, Mayfield had the ball on 3rd-and-three and held onto the ball for too long, taking a sack. The sack brought the team out of field goal range and they never got the ball back. In all, it was a slightly disappointing performance from the passing game against a Tampa Bay secondary that had been struggling this season.
2018 Week 6 vs LAC (22 / 46 / 238 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / 8 / 0 rush)
Mayfield struggled for the first time in his young career as he held onto the ball too long throughout the game and didn't make the quick decisions in getting the ball out that he been making in previous games. A Charger pass rush that got after him often and forced him to move off of his spots in the pocket frequently played into that, as did his receivers struggling to create separation against the Los Angeles secondary. Mayfield did have a few good moments in the game and could have had a better final stat line if his receivers caught a few more catchable balls. He sent a deep shot into the end zone on the second drive of the game but rookie Antonio Callaway was unable to make the catch. The pass appeared catchable but Callaway had trouble tracking the ball. He may have lost it in the sun. On the third drive of the game, Mayfield picked up six yards on a scramble but he slipped on the first down marker on the sideline and tweaked his left knee/ankle on the play. He was seen limping and favoring his left leg throughout the game after that play. At the beginning of the second quarter, Mayfield took an end zone shot to Damion Ratley but the rookie didn't make the catch. He appeared to have lost the ball in the sun much like Callaway earlier. Mayfield almost threw an interception at the end of that drive as he was hit as he was throwing. He was seen getting checked out in the tent on the sideline following the drive but didn't miss any time. At the end of the second quarter, Mayfield made a few great throws to get the Browns into scoring position. He had a chance at a touchdown, targeting Callaway in the end zone but the pass was tipped by a defender. He then targeted David Njoku in the end zone but threw the ball way too high for the tight end to catch. Mayfield's first drive of the third quarter was cut short by an interception. He made a poor choice on the pass as he was throwing across his body. The defender undercut the route for the pick. In the fourth quarter Mayfield threw his only touchdown, a short completion to David Njoku where he threw the ball high and allowed Njoku to go up and get it. He also threw another interception on a pass which he threw right to the defender in the middle of the field. Mayfield was bound to have some struggles as a rookie and the combination of the Chargers' strong pass rush and excellent coverage in the secondary was too much for him to overcome.
2018 Week 5 vs BAL (25 / 43 / 342 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 23 / 0 rush)
Mayfield reached 300 passing yards for the first time in his career as he led his team to an overtime win against a tough Baltimore defense. Mayfield's afternoon got off to a slow start as he threw his lone interception at the end of the first offensive series. Mayfield and Rashard Higgins appeared to have a miscommunication on the pick as Higgins went upfield and Mayfield threw toward the middle of the field. A Baltimore defender made a nice, diving catch for the pick. Mayfield took a deep shot to Antonio Callaway on the second drive but the ball was overthrown. At the beginning of the second quarter, the Browns were backed up all the way to their own end zone but Mayfield made an excellent pass to Seth DeValve for a 26-yard gain to give them some space to operate. Mayfield's lone touchdown came toward the end of the second quarter when he hit a wide-open Rashard Higgins for a 19-yard score in the middle of the end zone. In the third quarter, he targeted Jarvis Landry in the end zone but threw the ball a bit too high for his receiver. Landry wanted a pass interference flag on the play but didn't get one. He saved one of his best passes for the game-winning drive in overtime when he threw a strike while on the move to Derrick Willies for a 39-yard gain. Mayfield took five sacks in the game but he showed elusiveness in the pocket and escaped several other times where it looked like the Ravens had him. He also had two runs which went for a total of 25 yards nullified by penalties in the game. While he isn't known as a running quarterback, he's shown enough to keep defenses honest when plays break down. His 13-yard scramble on the game-winning drive came with his team backed up near their own end zone and kick-started the drive for his offense.
2018 Week 4 vs OAK (21 / 41 / 295 / 2 / 2 pass, 4 / 10 / 0 rush)
It was an up-and-down afternoon for Baker Mayfield, who committed four turnovers, two interceptions and two fumbles, including a pick-six in the first quarter. That being said, two of the turnovers can't exactly be blamed on Mayfield. In the first quarter, wide receiver Antonio Callaway slipped and tipped a pass in the air that wound up being returned for a defensive touchdown. Later, Mayfield fumbled when the ball was snapped. Mayfield wasn't looking as it appeared he was changing the play at the line of scrimmage. Mayfield's receivers didn't do him many favors as his first three passes were all dropped. He had a chance to throw a touchdown on the third drive of the first quarter but he overthrew an open Antonio Callaway in the end zone. Camera shots of Mayfield's reaction showed he knew he should have made a better pass. Later on that same drive he could have had another touchdown but Jarvis Landry slipped in the end zone. The team had to settle for a field goal on that possession. Mayfield threw his first NFL touchdown pass in the second quarter, connecting with tight end Darren Fells for a 49-yard score. He showed excellent accuracy in fitting the ball into a tight space down the middle of the field and Fells did the rest. In the third quarter, Mayfield had Antonio Callaway in the red zone but the pass was overthrown again. He bounced back to throw another touchdown pass on the ensuing drive, this time finding Jarvis Landry for a two-yard score. His ball placement was perfect as he threw toward the back left corner of the end zone. Mayfield's first fumble came on the following possession on a strip sack where he held onto the ball too long. In the fourth quarter, Mayfield hit Antonio Callaway for a 59-yard reception to set up a touchdown-scoring drive. Mayfield's last interception came on a poor decision and poor pass on the final drive of the fourth quarter. He heaved a deep shot downfield to Callaway but the ball was underthrown and easily picked off. In all, it wasn't an excellent game for Mayfield but his passing skills also gave the Browns a chance to win it in the end.
2018 Week 3 vs NYJ (17 / 23 / 201 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
Cleveland fans couldn't have asked for a better debut from No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield. Mayfield entered the game with 1:42 left in the second quarter after Tyrod Taylor was concussed on a hit. He would have finished with a better stat line but he had at least three receivers drop catchable passes in just over two quarters of playing time. Mayfield instantly brought a spark to the offense, taking quick drops, making quick reads, and firing strikes on his passes. His first dropback was a bullet to Jarvis Landry over the middle of the field, which he zipped between two defenders for a 14-yard gain. He followed that up with another completion to a diving David Njoku. Mayfield did get a little lucky as he fumbled on a sack attempt during his first drive. Offensive guard Joel Bitonio was able to recover the fumble. Mayfield led his team to a field goal in the second quarter to get the scoring started. In the first drive of the third quarter, Mayfield showed great elusiveness to escape the pass rush. He scrambled to his right before hitting Duke Johnson on the sideline for a first down. While Mayfield isn't fast, he showed awareness in the pocket and enough ability to escape to extend plays. On the second drive of the third quarter, Mayfield got lucky again as he almost threw an interception in the Jets' end zone. Mayfield targeted the middle of the end zone but didn't see the defender coming. The ball hit safety Doug Middleton in the hands but he couldn't secure the pick. On the third drive of the third quarter, Mayfield made a great downfield throw to Jarvis Landry. Landry had two defenders on him and Mayfield put the ball where only his receiver could make the play. That pass put Cleveland on the one-yard line and led to a touchdown. In the fourth quarter, Mayfield showed great touch on a deep pass to Antonio Callaway, but Callaway dropped the catchable ball. Mayfield's skills on the football field represent an uptick for all of Cleveland's skill players. He is expected to be named the team's starter for the rest of the season early in the week.
Latest NewsBrowns | Baker Mayfield throws for 238 yards (Sun Dec 9, 05:18 PM) - Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield completed 18-of-22 passes for 238 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in the Week 14 win against the Carolina Panthers. Our View: Mayfield wasn't a strong fantasy play, but he played very well and Cleveland fans have to be happy with what he has done. He'll be a QB2/Flex consideration against Denver next week.
link to story Browns | Three INTs for Baker Mayfield (Sun Dec 2, 04:20 PM) - Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield went 29-for-43 for 397 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions against the Houston Texans in Week 13. Our View: Mayfield was rough early, but still posted good numbers through the air and without an Antonio Callaway fumble at the goal line would have been a success in Week 13. He's a fine QB2/Superflex/Streamer next week against Carolina.
link to story Browns | Baker Mayfield making history (Sun Dec 2, 12:36 PM) - Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield is the first rookie quarterback in league history to throw at least three touchdown passes with no interceptions in consecutive games. link to story
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