Baker Mayfield, QB, 84.3: The highest graded grade a rookie quarterback’s ever received dating back to when Pro Football Focus started grading players in 2006.
PFF’s scribes found that Baker Mayfield was 13-of-16 from a clean pocket, and was the victim of two drops, making for a 93.8 adjusted completion percentage.
And, remember how the running attack looked competent following Mayfield’s entrance into the game?
It’s because the defense had to respect the arm of the rookie quarterback.
He produced a 90.8 grade on on throws over 10 yards, whereas Taylor posted a 48.1 grade.
Tyrod Taylor, QB, 40.0: Not much of a surprise here when you’re 4 of 14 for 19 yards. Taylor left the game with a concussion.
Carlos Hyde, RB, 58.1: This grade is considered average, which doesn’t doesn’t match the eye test. After Mayfield got in the game, Carlos Hyde was effective, rushing for 98 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns.
Duke Johnson, RB, 57.6: Duke Johnson had two attempts for nine yards. He had two catches for 24 yards. There seems to no signs of incorporating Johnson into the flow of the offense.
Nick Chubb, RB, 66.3: Did Nick Chubb actually play? I guess he did, for two snaps.
Jarvis Landry, WR, 75.5: Jarvis Landry caught 8 of 11 targets for 103 yards. He had 28 yards after the catch.
Antonio Calloway, WR, 55.4: A quiet game from Antonio Callaway after he caught just four balls for 20 yards. Tyrod Taylor missed him deep on a throw on what should’ve been a 75-yard touchdown. Calloway also had a drop on a beautifully run route near the sideline.
Rashard Higgins, WR 62.1: Three receptions for 32 yards. Another solid game for Rashard Higgins, the Browns’ third receiver.
David Njoku, TE, 70.4: Two catches for David Njoku, and he didn’t drop anything. I wonder if he’ll benefit form Mayfield’s emergence.
In a bit of a surprise, Njoku was on the field for 26 running plays, drawing a 67.3 grade, which is considered good.