QB Baker Mayfield - Cleveland Browns
|6-1, 218||Born: 4-14-1995||College: Oklahoma||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2018|
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General News (Wed Oct 23): practiced fully on Wednesday.
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Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24
Baker Mayfield's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 6 vs SEA (22 / 37 / 249 / 1 / 3 pass, 4 / 35 / 1 rush)
Mayfield was charged with three interceptions but two are tough to blame on him as they were deflected by his own players before they were picked off. Unlike the Week 5 debacle against the 49ers, Mayfield did get plenty of time to throw, which led to him turning in a solid game. The Cleveland receivers' inability to hold onto the ball is becoming an issue which directly hurt Mayfield. By an unofficial count, at least half of Mayfield's interceptions this season have come on deflections or dropped balls. On the second drive of the game, Mayfield threw a catchable deep shot to Antonio Callaway down the left sideline. Callaway let the ball clang off his fingers for an incompletion. On the next play, he hit Odell Beckham Jr. with another catchable pass that was dropped. He showed excellent accuracy on a 27-yard completion to Jarvis Landry on fourth-and-seven and then capped that drive off with a 10-yard rushing touchdown. Mayfield did a nice job reading the man defense and took off while the defenders had their backs to him. Mayfield's lone touchdown pass came at the beginning of the second quarter. Tight end Ricky Seals-Jones got open down the right sideline and Mayfield hit him for a 31-yard score. On the ensuing drive, Mayfield was hurt by more drops. Callaway and Beckham each were unable to corral catchable balls yet again. The second to last drive of the first half appeared to be a promising one with Mayfield completing a 41-yard bomb to Beckham while rolling right and then logging another clutch completion to Callaway on third down. From the Seattle 10-yard line, he threw a pass to Jarvis Landry in the end zone which was a bit behind him and went off the receiver's hands. Even worse, the ball fell into a defender's lap for an interception. The third quarter was a quiet one as the team was held scoreless. The offense came to life on the first drive of the fourth quarter. Mayfield got Cleveland into scoring position and tossed a short fade to Beckham in the end zone but the throw was too high. He then completed a pass to Landry at the Seattle one-yard line that Landry fumbled into the end zone. That play was nullified by a too many men on the field penalty against the Seahawks. Cleveland felt Landry had broken the plane of the end zone with the ball before the fumble but the play was upheld. Mayfield had a chance to lead his team to a comeback win with 3:30 left on the clock but running back Dontrell Hilliard let a ball bounce off his hands for an interception, essentially ending the game.
2019 Week 5 vs SF (8 / 22 / 100 / 0 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Mayfield did not play well in the loss. Some of the blame goes to a poor offensive line and some goes to Antonio Callaway, who was partially responsible for both of Mayfield's interceptions. That being said, Mayfield himself gets plenty of blame. He has taken a step back this season from an accuracy standpoint and is not doing a good job navigating the pocket. His first pass of the game was dropped by Odell Beckham Jr. on a short screen to the right. He then followed that with a too-high throw to Ricky Seals-Jones which was initially ruled a completion but was overturned after Kyle Shanahan challenged the ruling. The second possession wasn't much better as Mayfield threw an interception to Richard Sherman. It looked like Antonio Callaway ran the wrong route as he went straight and Mayfield threw the ball as though it would be a dig route. On the third drive, Mayfield threw too high to Beckham, who could have made a leaping grab but wasn't able to hold onto the ball. The fourth drive of the game saw Mayfield get sacked twice in a row, with him losing a fumble on the second sack. His longest completion was a 25-yarder to Jarvis Landry on the right side of the field. In the second quarter, Mayfield threw too high again, this time on an end zone target meant for Antonio Callaway. Mayfield should have had a touchdown on the sixth drive of the half as he hit Callaway with a slightly low pass right at the goal line. Callaway bobbled the target and popped it into the air, where a defender was able to pick it off. The Browns were at least able to move the ball a bit in the first half but they bogged down in the second half. Mayfield led just three scoreless drives after halftime before third-stringer Garrett Gilbert took over for him for the final drive of the game.
2019 Week 4 vs BAL (20 / 30 / 342 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 1 / 0 rush)
Mayfield got right after struggling through the first three weeks of the season. He only finished with one touchdown but that was more a result of how well Nick Chubb was running and not an indictment on how Mayfield played. He more closely resembled the player from 2018 when he made fast decisions and got the ball out quickly. It helped that the offensive line played better, allowing Mayfield to only get sacked once (that sack came on the first drive of the game). Since he wasn't forced to run for his life, Mayfield was able to hang in the pocket and step up to make accurate downfield throws. That first possession was the offense's worst of the game as Mayfield had his first pass attempt batted at the line and was then sacked on third-and-five. He came back with a great drive on the second possession. He found Jarvis Landry for a 16-yard catch and then hit Damion Ratley for a 10-yard completion. In the red zone, Mayfield threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to tight end Ricky Seals-Jones. Seals-Jones was wide open on the left side of the field and ran in for the easy score. Mayfield's lone interception came in the second quarter and can be partially blamed on Landry, who pulled up on a short slant route instead of getting in there and fighting for the catch. Mayfield went back to Landry on the next drive, connecting with him on a short pass. Landry did the rest as he rumbled for 65 yards. It could have been an 87-yard touchdown had Landry not started to stumble and eventually lose his footing on the play. The ground game took over in the second half, limiting Mayfield's chances to make plays. He did connect with Seals-Jones for a 59-yard catch-and-run and then found Landry for a 29-yard inside shovel pass that brought the Browns down to the Baltimore two-yard line. If the Browns continue to show that they have fixed some of the early-season issues, Mayfield should continue to ascend going forward.
2019 Week 3 vs LAR (18 / 36 / 195 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Mayfield is slumping for the first time in his short career. Most likely due to a porous offensive line, Mayfield is not stepping up in the pocket and is instead taking off and scrambling, even when the situation doesn't call for it. His first red zone chance came during the second quarter on the third drive of the game. Mayfield was pushed out of the pocket and forced to throw an incomplete pass on the run. A few drives later he made one of his best passes on a play-action 25-yard strike to Jarvis Landry down the middle of the field. Shortly after that he was pressured again and threw a bad pass. He did take a deep shot to Landry later on that same drive that the receiver had a chance to catch. Landry got his hands on it but give credit to the defender for breaking up the pass. On the final drive of the first half, Mayfield got into the red zone again. It was not a fruitful trip as he threw three incompletions: one a throw away, one a tipped pass at the line of scrimmage, and one too high for the receiver to catch. In the second half, he came close to throwing a touchdown as he had Landry in the end zone. Landry couldn't make the catch but he did draw a pass interference penalty that put Cleveland at the one-yard line. Two plays later, Mayfield found a wide open Demetrius Harris at the back of the end zone for his only touchdown pass of the game. On the second drive of the half, it appeared he had a miscommunication with Nick Chubb that almost resulted in a lost fumble. He followed that up with a deep target in the middle of the field to Landry. Landry was open but Mayfield made a bad pass, throwing it behind the receiver. Los Angeles stepped up the pressure in the fourth quarter, constantly getting to Mayfield and moving him out of the pocket. He had several chances to throw a touchdown on the final drive as Cleveland got the ball down to the Los Angeles four-yard line. Mayfield threw incomplete to Landry in the end zone with an unblocked pass rusher in his face on the first play. He went back to Landry on the second pass but it was tipped at the line. The third pass was a catchable one to Demetrius Harris in the end zone but the tight end couldn't bring down the contested catch. It wasn't an easy catch but Harris could have caught it. Mayfield threw an interception in the end zone on fourth down to seal the loss.
2019 Week 2 vs NYJ (19 / 35 / 325 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Mayfield's final stat line looks solid but he didn't play as well as it appears. He held onto the ball too long at times and suffered from some accuracy issues. Onlookers have yet to observe the quick decision-making and accuracy that was evident during Mayfield's rookie campaign. An 89-yard touchdown pass to Odell Beckham helped Mayfield out greatly, even though Beckham did most of the heavy lifting on that play. Mayfield got off to a good start, escaping the pass rush and finding D'Ernest Johnson for a 27-yard gain. The pass was a bit underthrown as Johnson had to slow down and wait for it. The play could have gone for a longer gain if it was thrown deeper. He hit Beckham with a 33-yard dart down the right sideline. Beckham made an impressive one-handed catch with a defender draped all over him. The first drive brought Cleveland into the red zone. Mayfield threw a pass to Jarvis Landry around the Jets' five-yard line but Landry dropped it. He would have been tackled right away even if he made the grab. On the next play, no one could get open in the end zone so Mayfield had to scramble and wound up throwing the ball away. On the second drive, Mayfield threw a high pass to David Njoku. Njoku leapt high to catch it but was upended and landed on his head, dropping the pass in the process. He then had Beckham open deep in the middle of the field but threw too high. In the second quarter, Mayfield threw high to Beckham again. This time the receiver was able to make the leaping catch. On the second drive of the second quarter Mayfield had two passes tipped at the line of scrimmage. At the end of the half, Mayfield took a deep end zone shot to Beckham, who was double-covered. Beckham couldn't secure what would have been a 41-yard touchdown. He bounced back to find Landry for a 25-yard gain and then rushed the team to the line to spike the ball, leaving just enough time for a field goal before halftime. In the third quarter, Mayfield missed an open Beckham on third-and-two, stalling out the first drive of the half. It is possible Mayfield didn't see Beckham, although he was looking in his direction. The 89-yard touchdown pass only traveled about eight yards in the air, with Beckham doing the rest of the work. His interception came on the first drive of the fourth quarter on a pass down the middle that got tipped into the air.
2019 Week 1 vs TEN (25 / 38 / 285 / 1 / 3 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Mayfield was sharp on the opening drive, completing 4-of-5 passes and leading his team to a Dontrell Hilliard rushing touchdown. That was also basically the only drive where the offensive line gave him adequate protection. Tennessee starting getting to him on the second drive and threw off the entire offense for the remainder of the game. The first drive was almost a bust, actually, as he almost threw an interception on his first pass attempt which was tipped. His 35-yard pass to Rashard Higgins got the team down to the Tennessee four-yard line and was a perfectly placed laser of a throw. Mayfield took a safety in the second quarter when he was hit from behind by Cameron Wake. Wake took a very wide route to the quarterback and ended up hitting him from behind. Mayfield never knew he was coming, although he did hold onto the ball for too long, which gave Wake the time he needed to get to the QB. His lone touchdown pass came in the third quarter. He dropped a perfect 34-yard pass to Jarvis Landry and then hit David Njoku on a three-yard pass in the middle of the end zone for the score. Things got ugly after that as he threw three interceptions across the end of the third and entire fourth quarters. His first interception was a pass forced into triple coverage which was easily picked off. He then had a short pass to Landry jumped by the defender for his second interception. His final interception was a pick-six to Malcolm Butler on a high pass that sailed on him. Mayfield is much better than he played in Week 1 but the Browns have to make some improvements to their offensive line play.
Latest NewsBrowns | Baker Mayfield gets full practice (Wed Oct 23, 04:35 PM) - Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield (hip) was a full participant in practice Wednesday, Oct. 23. link to story Browns | Baker Mayfield says hip feels good (Wed Oct 23, 03:06 PM) - Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield (hip) said Wednesday, Oct. 23, his injured hip feels good and he's good to go for the Week 7 game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Oct. 27. link to story Browns | Baker Mayfield practices (Mon Oct 21, 11:27 AM) - Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield (hip) is practicing Monday, Oct. 21. link to story Browns | Baker Mayfield will be fine (Mon Oct 14, 06:25 PM) - Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield (hip) should not miss any practice time after injuring his hip during the Week 6 game, according to head coach Freddie Kitchens. Our View: Mayfield has the bye week in Week 7 to get healthier. He was in clear pain dealing with this hip injury but should be fine when the team gets back to practice next week.
link to story Browns | Baker Mayfield tosses three interceptions (Sun Oct 13, 05:48 PM) - Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield completed 22-of-37 passes for 249 yards, one touchdowns and three interceptions in Week 6 against the Seattle Seahawks. He also rushed for 35 yards and a score. Our View: Mayfield got banged up in this one and cooled down after a hot start. He's only a matchup streamer at best heading into his bye and not an essential hold in short bench leagues.
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