Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski confirmed Mayfield is the starting quarterback, Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
This is not surprising news, but the addition of free agent Case Keenum, who has history with Stefanski, caused minor rumbling following Mayfield's 2019 season in which he threw nearly as many interceptions (21) as touchdowns (22). "I believe in Baker Mayfield, he's our starting quarterback. He's a young player that I think we've all seen glimpses of this kid being a really good player," Stefanski said. The offense in 2019 was dysfunctional under former head coach Freddie Kitchens, but Stefanski has made moves to change the attack in 2020. The addition of a fullback (Andy Janovich) and a second tight end (Austin Hooper) suggests a pivot from the wideout-focused offense of 2019.
Offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt said Wednesday that he intends to work with Mayfield on improving the quarterback's footwork during the offseason, Jake Trotter of ESPN.com reports.
Coming off a deflating sophomore season in which issues with accuracy and decision-making overshadowed Mayfield's occasional splash plays, Cleveland's top offseason priority will be setting up the signal-caller up for better success in Year 3. Improved footwork technique could certainly assist in enhancing Mayfield's efficiency and mobility within the pocket, but the larger determining factor for any progress he makes in 2020 will hinge on how he adapts to the system implemented by Van Pelt and new head coach Kevin Stefanski. Of course, the 24-year-old will get the benefit of a full offseason to get acclimated with Cleveland's new coaching regime, and there will be plenty of reason for optimism about Mayfield's chances of bouncing back as he returns to a team rich in skill-position talent.
Mayfield completed 12 of 27 passes for 279 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions in the Browns' 33-23 loss to the Bengals on Sunday. He also fumbled once but recovered.
Mayfield's final line was essentially a microcosm of his season -- some eye-catching plays interspersed with plenty of mistakes and inefficiency. The second-year signal-caller's disappointing sophomore campaign ends with Mayfield throwing at least one interception in six consecutive games and completing less than 50.0 percent of his passes in two of his last four contests. Especially given Sunday's results, it increasingly appears Mayfield will be playing under a new head coach and offensive system in 2020, but he'll have plenty to work on himself this offseason after getting picked off 21 times in 2019.
Mayfield completed 20 of 33 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns with an interception in Sunday's 31-15 loss to the Ravens.
There are times this season when Mayfield has been the root cause of a Cleveland loss, but this wan't one of them. The Ravens bottled up running back Nick Chubb, so Mayfield and the Browns didn't have all their weapons firing. Despite that, he had the team in position for an upset as halftime approached, but curious decision-making on the part of head coach Freddie Kitchens put those thoughts to rest. The second half turned into a microcosm of the team's year-long travails: poor decisions, undisciplined behavior and players sniping at Kitchens.
Mayfield completed 30 of 43 passes for 247 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's 38-24 loss to the Cardinals.
Mayfield started off well, marching the Browns into the red zone, but then overthrew Odell Beckham for an interception in the end zone to close Cleveland's first drive. From there, Mayfield continued his inconsistent play, though he at least tossed a couple touchdowns during the second half. Although both of those went to tight end Ricky Seals-Jones from within two yards, Mayfield salvaged some production in an otherwise uninspiring outing. Next up for the signal-caller is a home matchup against a Ravens defense that's significantly improved since surrendering Mayfield's season high of 342 passing yards in Week 4.
Mayfield completed 11 of 24 pass attempts for 192 yards with two interceptions Sunday against the Browns. He also carried two times for 13 yards and a touchdown in the 27-19 win.
Mayfield struggled to a 46-percent completion rate as he was held under 200 yards for the third time in the last four games. He made an impact with his legs in the form of a seven-yard touchdown run, but even that wasn't enough to propel him to a useful fantasy line. Mayfield now owns an ugly 15:16 TD:INT for the season but should have opportunities to improve his numbers in next Sunday's favorable matchup against the Cardinals.
Coach Freddie Kitchens said after Friday's practice that Mayfield likely won't require a wrap or a glove to protect his bruised right hand in this weekend's game against the Bengals, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Mayfield opened the week as a limited participant in practice while tending to rib and hand injuries, the latter of which prevented him from throwing Wednesday. The signal-caller was back on the field in full capacity Thursday and Friday, however, performing all of his normal throwing drills without any apparent complications. He'll now look to bounce back from a poor showing last weekend in Pittsburgh, where he completed just 18 of 32 attempts for 196 yards, a touchdown and an interception to go with a lost fumble in Cleveland's 20-13 loss.
Mayfield (right hand/ribs) practiced fully Thursday, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Per Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal, coach Freddie Kitchens indicated Thursday that Mayfield will be fine for Sunday's game against the Bengals, adding that the QB didn't throw Wednesday because he rested his hand, with his listed rib injury not a factor on that front. Mayfield is thus on track to take aim this weekend at an 1-11 Cincinnati squad, fresh off its only win of the season, a 22-6 triumph over the Jets in Week 13.
Coach Freddie Kitchens indicated that Mayfield (hand/ribs) looked good during Thursday's practice, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
The Browns will reveal later Thursday whether Mayfield was a limited or full practice participant, but the latter listing seems to be more likely given that he was able to throw without incident in the portion of the session that was open to the media, per Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram. Mayfield's right hand was still covered in a protective wrap, but he still took his normal amount of repetitions in practice, seemingly setting the stage for him to start Sunday's game against the Bengals.
Mayfield (hand/ribs) said he plans to resume throwing Thursday, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
The Browns added a rib injury designation to Mayfield's already bruised right hand, but a source confirmed the ribs are not broken. The second-year quarterback, who was limited during Wednesday's practice session, has not thrown a football since Sunday. Despite the injuries and his limited participation Wednesday, Mayfield is confident he'll play in this weekend's game against the Bengals. "Mama didn't raise a wuss," said Mayfield, referring to his pain tolerance. Garrett Gilbert made all the throws during Wednesday's practice and is in line to start if Mayfield is unable to go.
Mayfield (hand/ribs) was listed as a limited practice participant Wednesday, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
In addition to his previously reported hand injury -- which is being described as a contusion -- Mayfield also is listed as having a rib issue. Mayfield has yet to resume throwing since Sunday's loss to the Steelers, but he expects to receive clearance to play Week 14 against the Bengals. The quarterback acknowledged Wednesday that his availability for the weekend is largely a pain-tolerance matter.
Mayfield (hand) didn't throw passes during the media-access portion of Wednesday's practice, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
The lack of throwing activity contradicts a statement earlier Wednesday from coach Freddie Kitchens, who said Mayfield wouldn't have any limitations at practice this week. The quarterback had his right hand and thumb heavily wrapped at the beginning of Wednesday's session while Garrett Gilbert and practice squad quarterback Eric Dungey threw passes to tight ends and running backs. It remains to be seen how the Browns list Mayfield on their Wednesday injury report.
Mayfield (hand) won't have any limitations at practice this week, Andrew Gribble of the Browns' official site reports.
Mayfield was removed from Sunday's 20-13 loss to the Steelers after his throwing hand struck an opponent's helmet, but X-rays came back negative and he rejoined the contest in short order. It sounds like he'll be fine for Week 14 against the Bengals, with his injury believed to be nothing more than a bruise.
Coach Freddie Kitchens indicated Monday that Mayfield should be fine this week despite the hand injury the QB suffered in Sunday's 20-13 loss to the Steelers, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Kitchens added that Mayfield will practice throughout the week, though it's possible that the QB will be listed as a limited participant come Wednesday.
X-rays taken on Mayfield's right hand during halftime of Sunday's loss to Pittsburgh came back negative, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Mayfield was removed from Sunday's loss late in the first half after his throwing hand struck the facemask of linebacker Bud Dupree. The quarterback said he plans to play next week at home against Cincinnati, though the hand will be closely monitored during this week's preparation for Week 14. Mayfield added the hand was numb, and he's unsure if he'll need to undergo an MRI. Head coach Freddie Kitchens described the injury as a "contusion" and "bruise."
Mayfield completed 18 of 32 passes for 196 yards, one touchdown and one interception during Sunday's 20-13 loss to the Steelers. He added two rushing yards and lost a fumble.
Mayfield injured his throwing hand during the first half and came back out for the third quarter wearing a glove. That hand appeared to have created an issue late in the third quarter with the Browns at midfield down by a score. Mayfield was scrambling around and going down for a sack when he had the ball stripped. The Steelers responded with a field goal to go ahead by two scores and the Browns never came back. Mayfield has improved from his earlyseason struggles and has accounted for multiple touchdowns in three of his last four games, but he's mustered under 200 yards in two of his last three contests. He's a low-risk, relatively low-reward option, which is not what you would expect with the kind of weapons they have in Cleveland. Next up is a Bengals squad that ranks in the bottom five of the league in opponent passer rating, but that is fresh off its first win of the year.
Mayfield (hand) returned to Sunday's game against the Steelers, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Mayfield, who appeared to hit his hand on a helmet late in the second quarter Sunday, was able to return to the contest to start the third quarter, sporting a glove on his right hand. As a result, Garrett Gilbert will resume backup QB duties for the Browns.
Mayfield headed to the locker room late in the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Steelers with an apparent hand injury, Tom Reed of The Athletic reports.
Mayfield appeared to hit his hand or thumb on a helmet, per Pat McManamon of The Athletic, which led to the QB's exit from the contest. As a result, Garrett Gilbert finished up the second quarter in place of Mayfield.
Mayfield completed 24 of 34 pass attempts for 327 yards, three touchdowns and one interception during Sunday's 41-24 win over the Dolphins.
Mayfield completed an impressive 71 percent of his throws while averaging 9.6 yards per attempt. He completed a pair of short touchdown passes to Jarvis Landry sandwiched around a 35-yard strike to Odell Beckham Jr. Mayfield now has eight total touchdowns over the last three games while throwing just one interception during that span. He's topped the 300-yard mark three times this season, equalling his total from last year, and he'll look to keep it rolling next Sunday against the Steelers.
Mayfield completed 17 of 32 passes for 193 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Browns' 21-7 win over the Steelers on Thursday. He also scored a one-yard touchdown on his only rush.
For the second time in four days and third straight game overall, Mayfield accomplished a feat that has usually proven elusive for him this season -- a mistake-free performance. The embattled second-year signal-caller wasn't exactly efficient through the air, but he was taken down only once by the typically ferocious Steelers pass rush and connected with Jarvis Landry and Stephen Carlson for one- and eight-yard touchdown passes, respectively. Mayfield also opened the scoring on the night with a one-yard touchdown sneak in the first quarter, only his second rushing score of the campaign. Mayfield now has back-to-back multi-touchdown efforts and will look to keep his solid play going in a favorable matchup against the Dolphins in Week 12, a week from Sunday.
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