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Baker Mayfield

Cleveland Browns
Quarterback #6
Cleveland Browns
Quarterback #6
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Baker Mayfield News

Comes up short against Kansas City

Mayfield completed 21 of 28 passes for 321 yards with an interception in Sunday's 33-29 loss to Kansas City. He also gained seven yards on his only carry.

Analysis: The Browns leaned heavily on their ground game, which didn't leave much scoring for Mayfield, but he still posted strong yardage while keeping the chains moving. His one turnover came at the worst possible time, however, as it ended Cleveland's final drive as the team attempted to drive for a winning TD inside the last three minutes. Mayfield should be at least as productive in Week 2 as the Browns host the Texans.

Sep 12, 2021 7:32 PM EST

Sharp in preseason tune-up

Mayfield completed six of 10 pass attempts for 113 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 19-10 preseason win over the Falcons.

Analysis: Mayfield was one of a handful of starters to make their 2021 debuts in the Browns' final preseason tilt. The fourth-year quarterback did not have the assistance of his starting wideouts, but he still looked sharp in the pocket on the two drives he led to begin the game. Mayfield is hoping to have one of his top two targets, Odell Beckham (knee), back for the start of the regular season after the wideout suffered a torn ACL in Week 7 of the 2020 season. With a stable of playmakers and a solid offensive line, we could see yet another step forward for the budding signal-caller this year. Mayfield will get a chance to prove himself against the league's best when the Browns travel to Kansas City to take on Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs in Week 1 of the regular season.

Aug 29, 2021 8:43 PM EST

In line to play Sunday

Mayfield is slated to see action in Sunday's preseason finale against the Falcons, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: Coach Kevin Stefanski noted Friday that the Browns will have "some select starters" -- including Mayfield -- play in the contest, but added "there are other guys we are going to hold out." With that in mind, it's unclear how many snaps Mayfield might take Sunday, but we suspect that Cleveland's starting QB won't see extended work versus Atlanta.

Aug 27, 2021 10:14 AM EST

Among starters expected to sit Saturday

Mayfield, who sat out the Browns' preseason opener, isn't expected to play Saturday against the Giants either, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: The report suggests that also applies to some of the team's other key players and adds that there's a good chance coach Kevin Stefanski will hold most of the team's first-stringers out of Cleveland's Aug. 29 preseason finale against the Falcons as well.

Aug 20, 2021 2:31 PM EST

Won't play preseason opener

Mayfield won't play in Saturday's preseason opener against Jacksonville, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: The Browns have retained their head coach, offensive coordinator and starting QB from the previous season for the first time since 2007-08. They also kept all their other starters on offense, so coach Kevin Stefanski may prioritize health over in-game reps this preseason. Mayfield could still make an appearance in the second or third game, but for Saturday's opener he'll likely be joined on the sideline by other key starters.

Aug 11, 2021 10:52 AM EST

Not worried about extension

Mayfield reiterated Wednesday that he's "not worried at all" about a contract extension, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Analysis: A strong finish to his third NFL season has Mayfield in position to ask for an extension, though he's under contract through 2022 after the Browns exercised a fifth-year option in April. The 26-year-old quarterback might even be more inclined to wait until next offseason for a new contract, thus betting on himself to have a big 2021 campaign as the frontman for a talented team. The Browns return all 11 starters on offense from last season, with WR Odell Beckham (knee) seemingly on track for Week 1 at Kansas City.

Jul 21, 2021 7:34 AM EST

Browns exercise fifth-year option

The Browns exercised Mayfield's fifth-year option worth $18.86 million for the 2022 season Friday, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: It's not much of a surprise to see Cleveland pick up the option for the 26-year-old, which the team also did for teammate Denzel Ward. Mayfield helped the Browns secure their first playoff victory in 26 years last season after completing 63 percent of his passes for 3,563 yards, 26 touchdowns and eight interceptions while also rushing for 165 yards and one touchdown in 16 games.

Apr 23, 2021 7:14 AM EST

Comeback bid fails against Chiefs

Mayfield completed 23 of 37 passes for 204 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Sunday's 22-17 loss to the Chiefs in the AFC divisional round. He added 11 yards on three rushing attempts.

Analysis: Mayfield failed to lead the offense into the end zone in the first half, then threw an interception on the first possession after halftime. He bounced back with a four-yard touchdown pass to Jarvis Landry to cut Kansas City's lead to 19-10, then led another touchdown drive early in the fourth to make it a one-possession game. The Browns got the ball again down five in the fourth quarter but produced just 12 yards over seven plays, and the Chiefs were able to run out the clock after Cleveland punted. Mayfield went through a sophomore slump after a promising rookie season, but he bounced back with the best season of his young career this year, throwing a career-low eight interceptions and, more importantly, notching the first Browns playoff win in 26 years. His yardage totals will likely remain modest moving forward in Cleveland's run-first offense, but Baker has eliminated any doubts about whether he can be the guy to lead the team under center.

Jan 17, 2021 3:52 PM EST

Throws three TDs in wild-card win

Mayfield completed 21 of 34 pass attempts for 263 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions during Sunday's 48-37 wild-card win against the Steelers.

Analysis: Cleveland entered Sunday night without a playoff win since Jan. 1, 1995, three and a half months before Mayfield was born. Having led the Browns to their best win total since that same 1994-1995 campaign, Mayfield entered the postseason with just one interception committed over his past eight starts. Boosted by a pair of takeaways and a TD from his defense within the first five minutes of regulation, Mayfield found Jarvis Landry for a 40-yard third-down score on the Browns' opening offensive drive. The explosive start would only continue from there, as Cleveland set an NFL playoff record for the most first-half points by a road team with 35. Pittsburgh fought its way back into the game with a 13-0 third-quarter run, but Mayfield led the Browns on a trio of scoring drives in the final frame to secure his first career playoff victory. Next is a road trip to take on the reigning Super Bowl champion Chiefs and a Kansas City defense that contained opponents to 224.2 passing yards per game over its final five outings of the regular season.

Jan 10, 2021 9:01 PM EST

Leads Browns into playoffs

Mayfield completed of 17 of 27 pass attempts for 196 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in the Browns' Week 17 victory over the Steelers. He added six rushes for 44 yards on the ground.

Analysis: With the victory, Mayfield led the Browns to their first playoff appearance since 2002. Playing with the lead for most of the game, Mayfield took to the air only 27 times and connected with his receivers mostly in the short areas of the field. However, he did manage a few big plays, including a 42-yard completion to Rashard Higgins. Mayfield also made a few key plays with his legs, including a 25-yard scramble and game-clinching three-yard run on a designed play. After throwing seven interceptions in the team's first seven games, Mayfield has thrown only one pick in his last nine starts. He'll now look to lead the team to their first playoff victory since rejoining the league in 1999.

Jan 3, 2021 1:59 PM EST

Gets Week 17 breaks

Mayfield and the Browns will not have to face Pittsburgh's T.J. Watt or Cameron Heyward in Week 17, Nate Ulrich of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: Mayfield gets a Week 17 break in avoiding Watt, a three-time Pro Bowl outside linebacker, and Heyward, a four-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman, which was first reported by Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Additionally, Cleveland activated Mayfield's top four wideouts from the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, so the quarterback will have Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins, Donovan Peoples-Jones and KhaDarel Hodge available.

Jan 1, 2021 7:00 AM EST

Fumbles away chance to clinch

Mayfield completed 28 of 53 passes for 285 yards without a touchdown or interception in Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Jets. He added three carries for six yards and fumbled three times, losing two.

Analysis: Working without his top four wide receivers, Mayfield threw just two of his 24 first-half passes to the position, finishing the half with 124 yards, a fumble and a 13-3 deficit. He moved the offense better in the second half but failed to throw a touchdown after posting a 10:1 TD:INT over the previous four games. Mayfield fumbled two more times in the fourth quarter, and while the last one was recovered by teammate Kareem Hunt, that play resulted in a turnover on downs to snuff out Cleveland's comeback hopes in the final minutes. Assuming wide receivers Jarvis Landry and Rashard Higgins are able to come off the reserve/COVID-19 list in time for the Browns' Week 17 matchup with the Steelers, Mayfield should have more weapons to work with as he tries to nail down his first career playoff berth.

Dec 27, 2020 1:59 PM EST

Won't have usual receiving corps

Mayfield will be without his top four wide receivers Sunday against the Jets after the Browns placed Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins, Donovan Peoples-Jones and KhaDarel Hodge on the reserve/COVID-19 list

Analysis: All four players were deemed to be high-risk close contacts, leaving Marvin Hall and practice-squad callups Ja'Marcus Bradley and Derrick Willies as the Browns' available wide receivers. With such a depleted receiving corps, that may just mean more targets for the likes of Austin Hooper, Kareem Hunt and even Nick Chubb. In any case, Mayfield seems poised to dink and dunk and unlikely to take many deep shots Sunday.

Dec 26, 2020 3:42 PM EST

Nearly perfect in victory

Mayfield completed 27 of 32 pass attempts for 297 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 20-6 victory over the Giants.

Analysis: Mayfield was nearly flawless under the bright lights, only missing six passes and committing zero turnovers. The 25-year-old was probably relieved to have a comfortable victory after a tumultuous Week 14 barnburner that saw the Browns lose in the closing seconds of a divisional matchup. Mayfield has been playing out of his mind recently, scoring nine touchdowns (one rushing) while throwing just one interception and averaging over 300 yards per game over the last four weeks. Those are top 10 fantasy quarterback numbers, and fantasy managers may have to treat the third-year signal caller as such until he cools off. Next week's opponent, the New York Jets, don't pose a huge threat to Mayfield's hot streak, even though the team just picked up its first victory of the season Sunday.

Dec 20, 2020 10:20 PM EST

Climbs QB ratings

Mayfield's 96.6 quarterback rating ranks 12th in the NFL, 10 spots higher than where he was two weeks ago, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: Mayfield cites the Week 9 bye as the turning point in his season. After eight weeks, Mayfield had a 90.9 rating, but in the five games since the break, he's averaged a 105.0 rating (113.5 the last three games). He and the coaches evaluated the offense and discussed ways to restore the quarterback's confidence during the bye week. "Baker is obviously playing at a high level,'' Cleveland head coach Kevin Stefanski said. "He doesn't lack confidence, and I say that in a good way. You want the trigger man to be playing freely and with confidence, and I see that with Baker." The coach implemented plays designed to bring the Oklahoma Baker back, such as more play-action, keepers and shotgun formations. Mayfield looks to keep the second-half momentum rolling Week 15 in New York against the Giants' 17th-ranked pass defense.

Dec 17, 2020 4:43 AM EST

Goes for three touchdowns Monday

Mayfield completed 28 of 47 passes for 343 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Monday night's 47-42 loss to the Ravens. He also rushed five times for 23 yards and another score.

Analysis: Mayfield relied on his running game early on, with tailback Nick Chubb scoring twice before halftime. Then, after throwing what seemed to be a back-breaking interception toward the end of the third quarter, Mayfield immediately elevated his game, responding with a 12-play, 75-yard drive that ended with him throwing a 21-yard touchdown to Rashard Higgins on fourth down. Mayfield then ran in from five yards on third-and-goal to cap his subsequent drive, before finding Kareem Hunt for a game-tying, 22-yard touchdown with just over a minute remaining on his next one. Although that still wasn't enough to secure the win, Mayfield was tremendous in the second half, racking up a season high in passing yards while posting his second straight game with three total touchdowns. That puts the signal-caller in great form ahead of Week 15's matchup against the Giants.

Dec 14, 2020 9:38 PM EST

Racks up four touchdowns

Mayfield completed 25 of 33 passes for 334 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions in Week 13 against the Titans.

Analysis: Mayfield led the Browns to a touchdown on five of their first six offensive possessions, capping four of them with a touchdown toss. The most explosive of the scores was a 75-yard connection with Donovan Peoples-Jones deep down the right sideline, though he also found Jarvis Landry and Rashard Higgins for two and 17- yard touchdowns respectively. Also important has been Mayfield's ability to avoid mistakes, as he has now gone five consecutive games and 156 pass attempts without throwing an interception. He'll look to keep his positive play going in Week 14 in a tough matchup against the Ravens.

Dec 6, 2020 1:58 PM EST

Avoiding picks

Mayfield has thrown 123 consecutive passes without an interception, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: Mayfield has taken heat for missed throws this season, including in last week's win over the Jaguars, but the third-year quarterback has avoided turnovers in the last four games. "He made four, five, six different throws in [the Jacksonville] game that were big-time throws, tight windows, down the field with great accuracy," offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt said. "I would gladly take a 5-yard gain over a 20-yard chance of an interception. I think that's the mindset we have to take." Cleveland's success this season is largely attributable to its ground game, which means Mayfield isn't required to take chances. That approach not only limits the picks, but it also led to Mayfield averaging fewer than 200 passing yards per game (191.6).

Dec 4, 2020 2:22 AM EST

Capitalizes on positive matchup

Mayfield completed 19 of 29 pass attempts for 258 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in Week 12 against the Jaguars.

Analysis: Mayfield experienced an unexpected spike in volume, recording his highest pass-attempt total since Week 5. He was also efficient, as he averaged 8.9 yards per attempt to surpass 250 yards for only the second time on the campaign. Mayfield showed particular rapport with Jarvis Landry, connecting for three plays of 20 or more yards as well as a five-yard first quarter touchdown. He'll like be required to move the Browns offense efficiently once again to keep pace with the Titans in Week 13.

Nov 29, 2020 4:25 PM EST

Lackluster production vs. Eagles

Mayfield completed 12 of 22 pass attempts for 204 yards and carried six times for nine yards during Sunday's 22-17 win over the Eagles.

Analysis: Mayfield averaged a healthy 9.3 yards per attempt but took a backseat to the run game for much of the day due to more bad weather in Cleveland. This lackluster passing output was actually his highest in three games after he averaged just 127 yards over his previous two, giving a clear picture of the state of the Browns offense at this point. Most importantly, Mayfield has led his team to a 7-3 record with three wins in the last four games and will likely catch a break in light of this, despite his poor recent production. He will enjoy a favorable matchup against the Jaguars next Sunday but his team figures to continue with its run-heavy approach against an inferior opponent.

Nov 22, 2020 3:33 PM EST

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