With Baker Mayfield starting at quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, expect to see offense impacted in these five areas.
At 1-1-1, fans of the Cleveland Browns have already started dreaming about a playoff berth built up by the hope Mayfield brings to the most important position in professional sports.
The Mayfield era started last Thursday night, when the rookie replaced an injured Tyrod Taylor, leading the Browns to a come-from-behind victory to snap the franchise’s 19-game winless streak.
What makes Mayfield’s debut impressive is that he was taking no first-team reps, with coach Hue Jackson adamant Tyrod Taylor needed all the time to learn a new offense.
Point taken, but it made it even more impressive that Mayfield stepped into the game and executed a gameplan built around Taylor.
There will have been 10 days off before the Browns play the Raiders in Oakland, so offensive coordinator Todd Haley will have had plenty of time to develop a game plan suited to Mayfield’s skillset.
Mayfield’s also expected to have full command of the Browns’ playbook, which he’s had at his disposal since draft day, according to Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot.
So as we all start prepping for the Browns’ first playoff berth since 2002, here’s five impacts Mayfield will have on the offense as the reigning Heisman Trophy winner gets unleashed on the NFL.