Browns: 4 expectations for Baker Mayfield in 2021

Browns Baker Mayfield (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
Browns Baker Mayfield (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images) /
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Baker Mayfield  (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /

4. 3,600 yards, under 10 picks

Mayfield’s most prolific passing season came under Freddie Kitchens, when he threw for 3,827 yards. No surprise here, as Kitchens seemed to forget the Browns employed running backs some times.

Under Stefanski, he threw for 3,563 yards, while he threw for 3,725 in his rookie campaign.

Mayfield should be somewhere in-between those figures in his second-year under Stefanski. Additionally his interceptions should be under 10. Remember, he threw three interceptions in the final 12 weeks of the season (including two playoff games).

I’ve already harped on it, but Mayfield and Stefanski showed a comfort with each other after what looked like an early feeling out period.

En route to guiding Cleveland to the playoffs, Mayfield was making plays and protecting the ball. That’s what he did Oklahoma, as the former Heisman winner never threw more than nine interceptions in a season. Those came in his freshman year at Texas Tech, by the way.

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Mayfield’s 22 picks under Kitchens in 2019 were obviously a huge red flag, but under Stefanski, those issues seems to have been resolved.