5. Browns: Baker got time off
If there were ever a time for five games to tell us something about a player, this is it.
The Browns season is on the brink, but they can be right back in the mix with a win against Baltimore.
Enter stage, Baker Mayfield. The quarterback’s stock during his time in Cleveland has more dips than Cedar Point’s Magnum. Save for a game in Cincinnati, he’s been average to bad, and injured in 2021, just nine months after going the Browns to that miraculous playoff win in Pittsburgh.
Speaking of the injures…they can’t be an excuse any longer. Mayfield’s playing. the team believes it can with him on the field, otherwise, they’d play Keenum. At his Bye week presser, GM Andrew Berry said he expects Mayfield to play his best football down the stretch.
To me, that says one thing: Go get us into the playoffs–then it’s time to talk extension.
But if we go through the same old problems, where Baker’s injured-but it’s not that bad, or this guy dropped a pass and that’s the reason Mayfield had his lowest QBR, blah, blah, blah, etc…, then deep down, you know the answer.
Hopefully Stefanski helps his quarterback out with a heavy dose of running where Mayfield only has to throw the ball 23 times a game. That’s when Baker’s at his best, and with this line and rushing attack, it can be done.