Mayfield will have a new No. 1 receiver in 2019 after the Browns traded for Odell Beckham on Tuesday. The only thing better than winning the Antonio Brown trade sweepstakes might be getting OBJ into the mix, and the Browns didn't have to give up any key offensive players to do so. Mayfield is already coming off a nice rookie season that saw him throw for 3,725 yards and 27 touchdowns while starting 14 games. Mayfield will have a multitude of weapons heading into the new season, featuring receivers Beckham and Jarvis Landry, tight end David Njoku, and running backs Nick Chubb, Duke Johnson and the newly acquired Kareem Hunt. That's a potent group that Cleveland fans may not have been able to envision just a couple of seasons ago.
Mayfield is pleased with the Browns' decision to promote Freddie Kitchens to head coach, Pat McManamon of ESPN.com reports. "I kind of had that sense the whole time," Mayfield said Wednesday. "Seeing how [Kitchens] was, how he didn't change when he made the jump from running backs coach to offensive coordinator. Then just taking over and the difference that we had while he was calling plays." Promising yet inconsistent during the first half of his rookie season, Mayfield completed 68.4 percent of his passes for 8.6 yards per attempt with 19 touchdowns in eight games after Kitchens replaced Todd Haley as the Browns' offensive coordinator. With Nick Chubb enjoying a similarly strong finish while running behind an impressive offensive line, the Browns can focus their offseason efforts on improving the defense and giving Mayfield more receiving weapons. The history of organizational dysfunction is still a concern, but few teams have a better situation in terms of the combination of talent, cap space and draft picks. While he'll likely be drafted as a low-end starter or high-end backup in most 2019 fantasy drafts, Mayfield could solidify a spot as a top-10 quarterback if the Browns make a significant investment in a wideout this offseason.
Mayfield completed 23 of his 42 pass attempts for 376 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions in Sunday's 26-24 loss to the Ravens. Mayfield had wide-ranging quality of play in the season's final game, throwing interceptions to both begin and end the game. In between, he found the end zone three times -- including 48 and 28-yard scores -- giving him the record for most passing touchdowns in a single-season by a rookie. That's all the more impressive when considering he didn't see the field until Week 3, with his first start coming in Week 4. Given his performance, there's no doubt that Mayfield will be the starting quarterback for the Browns in 2019, and he should be a viable fantasy option -- especially if the Browns add weapons to their offense.
Mayfield completed 27 of 37 pass attempts, racking up 284 yards and three touchdowns during Sunday's 26-18 win against the Bengals. The rookie quarterback added six rushes for 16 yards. Throughout this 2018 campaign, Mayfield continues to establish himself as the most NFL-ready rookie quarterback. He helped keep a perpetually tortured Browns franchise in the playoff mix through mid-December, while boasting an impressive 24:11 TD:INT ratio on the season. The Oklahoma standout has been deadly accurate of late, completing at least 73 percent of his passes in three of his past five outings, and averaging over 270 passing YPG while helping Cleveland win three straight games for the first time since 2014. Week 17 brings a prohibitive matchup against a Baltimore defense that's only allowed one quarterback to exceed 200 passing yards (Patrick Mahomes) over its past five outings.
Mayfield completed 18 of 31 passes for 188 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 17-16 win over the Broncos. He also lost a fumble. Though Mayfield threw for only 188 yards, he started the game off with a bang when he connected with Breshad Perriman for a 31-yard touchdown pass during Cleveland's first drive. The rookie gunslinger also threw a short touchdown pass to fellow rookie Antonio Callaway in the fourth quarter, giving the Browns the lead and ultimately the victory. He did, however, commit two turnovers and now has four interceptions in his past three games. Mayfield will look to keep his team's playoff hopes alive next Sunday against the Bengals.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/17||@New York Jets||27||22.38|
|3||09/23||Los Angeles Rams||17||19.63|
|5||10/08||@San Francisco 49ers||29||22.88|
|8||10/27||@New England Patriots||18||19.95|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||63.8||3725||27||14||131||0||294|