|ADP:||Round: 12, Pick: 5|
|Ht / Wt:||6'1" / 215 lb.|
|Born:||April 14, 1995|
|Drafted:||2018 / Rd. 1 (1)|
Mayfield was absent from the Wednesday's injury report.
Analysis: Mayfield was a daily entry on injury reports the last two weeks due to rib and chest injuries. The reigning AFC Offensive Player of the Week enters Week 8 healthy, as the Browns prepare to face a Las Vegas defense that ranks 26th overall and 28th against the pass.
Mayfield will be forced to proceed without Odell Beckham (knee) for the rest of the 2020 season, as the 27-year-old wideout has been confirmed to have suffered a season-ending ACL tear, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Mayfield rallied to lead the Browns to a 37-34 win over the Bengals on Sunday, in which he threw five touchdowns, but his first pass of the game -- an interception caught by Darius Phillips -- looms over the victory. Beckham suffered his season-ending knee injury while attempting to make a tackle on the play, and Mayfield will now have to proceed without the star wideout for the remainder of 2020. On the plus side, Mayfield appears to have established solid connection with Rashard Higgins, who had a team-high 110 receiving yards on six catches Sunday, and Donovan Peoples-Jones, who hauled in the game-winning touchdown versus Cincinnati. Higgins and Peoples-Jones both stand to join Jarvis Landry in three-receiver sets the rest of the way.
Mayfield completed 22 of 28 passes for 297 yards, five touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's 37-34 win over the Bengals. He also rushed once for minus-1 yard.
Analysis: Mayfield's first throw was intercepted, and top wideout Odell Beckham injured his knee while trying to make the tackle on the play, per Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. The quarterback didn't get his first completion until almost four minutes into the second quarter, when Mayfield found Jarvis Landry for a 28-yard gain on his sixth pass of the game, but that play started a career-high streak of 21 consecutive completions, which included four touchdowns. Two of those scores came to tight end Harrison Bryant, while David Njoku and Kareem Hunt were responsible for Mayfield's other two touchdowns. Mayfield's completion streak finally came to an end when he spiked the ball to stop the clock in the game's final minute, and he found Donovan Peoples-Jones for the game-winning 24-yard touchdown on the ensuing play. Considering Mayfield had a 10:6 TD:INT coming into this game and no more than two touchdown passes in any of Cleveland's first six games, it will be interesting to see whether he's able to carry over the momentum from this performance into a Week 8 home tilt against the Raiders.
Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski acknowledged Mayfield is not 100 percent and is "pushing through" the ribs and chest injury he suffered Week 5 against the Colts, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Analysis: Mayfield was ineffective during a Week 6 loss to the Steelers, a performance that invited much speculation and second-guessing. He's thrown interceptions in four consecutive quarters and has a 64.7 rating over the previous two weeks. The Browns' coaching staff remains bullish on the quarterback, who needs to get through this week against the Bengals and Week 8 against the Raiders before a bye week gives him healing time.
Mayfield (chest) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Analysis: The quarterback had been a limited participant Wednesday in the Browns' first Week 7 session, but coach Kevin Stefanski never expressed much concern that Mayfield's injury would sideline him Sunday in Cincinnati. Mayfield's ability to take every practice rep with the first-team offense Thursday confirms he'll be good to go this weekend, but the signal-caller may need a solid showing on the road to restore the faith of his fantasy managers. His efficiency has fallen off precipitously over the past three weeks, with Mayfield completing only 58.8 percent of his passes for 6.2 yards per attempt and a 5:4 TD:INT over that stretch. Mayfield has also taken seven sacks across those three games.
Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said he has to be a better job of varying pre-snap counts for Mayfield (ribs/chest), Ellis L. Williams of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. "Varying those snap counts. Not letting teams time it up. Getting the play in quickly so we can line up and are not up against the clock. Because that is one way to jump, for a defense, they are just staring at that play clock," said Stefanski.
Analysis: Mayfield has come under a lot of scrutiny following last week's loss to the Steelers, and neither the quarterback nor the head coach would use Mayfield's injury as an excuse for his two interceptions, poor reads or predictable snap counts. Mayfield practiced in a limited fashion Wednesday, but he participated more this week than he did last week, according to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal.
Mayfield (chest) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Analysis: Mayfield had to be preemptively removed from Sunday's blowout loss to the Steelers in order to avoid exacerbating his chest injury, but the Browns reportedly consider him on track to suit up at Cincinnati in Week 7. If the starting signal-caller is able to upgrade to practicing in full Thursday or Friday, any lingering doubts about his availability will dissipate.
Coach Kevin Stefanski said Monday that Mayfield (ribs) is expected to start against the Bengals on Sunday, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Analysis: Mayfield was medically cleared to suit up against the Steelers in Week 6, but Stefanski opted to have him removed from action as a preemptive measure to avoid further injury, with the Browns down 31-7 at the time. Stefanski also said that he expects Mayfield to do more in practice this week than he did last, when he logged a 'LP/LP/FP' practice slate. Another official update on Mayfield's health may not come until the Browns officially resume practicing Wednesday, but barring any setbacks it looks as though he'll get an opportunity to bounce back against the Bengals' exploitable secondary.
Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski removed Mayfield (ribs) from Sunday's loss to the Steelers because the coach didn't want to see the quarterback take another hit, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. "I just didn't want to see him get hit one more time, and I put that on myself,'' Stefanski said. He's a very, very tough player and I know he wants to fight, but it's a long season.''
Analysis: Stefanski's remarks suggest Mayfield could have stayed in the game if it were competitive, but the coach removed him as a preventative measure with an eye toward the rest of the season. At the time, Cleveland was losing 31-7, and the offensive strategy was to throw, which exposed the quarterback to greater risk of getting hit. Stefanski vows to start Mayfield against Cincinnati in Week 7 if he's healthy.
Mayfield was forced to exit the team's Week 6 loss to the Steelers with a rib injury, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports. Prior to his exit, Mayfield completed 10 of 18 pass attempts for 119 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Analysis: Mayfield injured his ribs in the Browns win over the Colts in Week 5. Although X-rays came back negative on the injury, he was limited in practice throughout the week. Varying reports emerged leading up to the Week 6 matchup regarding limiting his reps and altering the offensive game plan to get the ball out of his hands quickly. Even so, Mayfield was sacked four times and hit several times more prior to being pulled late in the third quarter. There is no clarity regarding Mayfield's status for the Browns Week 7 matchup against the Bengals.
The Browns will alter their game plan to protect Mayfield (chest), by having him get the ball out of his hands quicker, Fox's Jay Glazer reported on their Sunday morning pregame show.
Analysis: This was already a difficult matchup for Mayfield even without an injury, but the injury combined with this game plan change makes it even more difficult to start him comfortably.
Mayfield (chest) is active Week 6 against the Steelers.
Analysis: Mayfield logged two limited practice sessions this week before suiting up in full Friday, paving the way for his active status despite the designation of "questionable." He'll also have the services of top pass-catching weapons Odell Beckham (illness) and Jarvis Landry (ribs) on hand, which wasn't a guarantee just days ago given both were carrying the "questionable" tag as well. Mayfield and co. will square off against a Pittsburgh defense that tends to bring pressure, but also one that finds itself in the middle of the pack in terms of average fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks through four games in standard scoring formats. In each of those contests, the opposing signal caller has tallied 21 or more fantasy points.
Mayfield (chest/ribs) is expected to start Sunday's game at Pittsburgh, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: The 25-year-old received the questionable tag after practicing as a full participant Friday, so it doesn't come as a major surprise he's expected to be under center come Sunday. Odell Beckham (illness) is clear of an injury designation and Jarvis Landry (ribs/hip) is questionable, so Mayfield may have his top wideouts while going up against a stout Pittsburgh pass rush.
Mayfield (chest/ribs) is officially questionable for Sunday's game in Pittsburgh, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Analysis: Mayfield reportedly looked good while throwing at the portion of Friday's practice open to the media, during which he was a full participant after having begun the week with back-to-back limited sessions. The third-year quarterback has previously spoken as if he'll face the Steelers on Sunday, and offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt said Thursday that Mayfield is "trending in the right direction." Barring any setbacks, it currently looks as though Mayfield is on track for Sunday's divisional matchup. It's worth noting, though, that his top receivers Odell Beckham (illness) and Jarvis Landry (ribs) are also both questionable.
Mayfield (chest/ribs) remained limited at practice Thursday, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Analysis: The report adds that offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt relayed that the QB's sore ribs were feeling better and that he's "trending in the right direction" as Sunday's game against the Steelers approaches. Mayfield, who was slated to increase his throwing activity Thursday, has expressed his belief that he'll be ready this weekend, but if not, the Browns would turn to backup Case Keenum.
Cleveland head coach Kevin Stefanski said Mayfield (chest) could play even if he doesn't get ample reps during the practice week leading up to Sunday's game in Pittsburgh, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. "You get ready for Thursday night games with a very limited amount of full-speed team reps. I think every player is different and certainly every week is different," said the coach.
Analysis: Mayfield suffered what was referred to as an injury to his ribs, but the quarterback was listed as limited Wednesday with a chest injury. He was in full uniform and on the practice field Wednesday but did not throw during the portion of the practice open to the media. The team later released photos of Mayfield taking a snap from center JC Tretter. The Browns will likely run their usual run-heavy attack to limit Mayfield's exposure, but the Steelers enter the contest second in the NFL with just 64.0 rushing yards allowed per game.
Coach Kevin Stefanski said that Mayfield (ribs) will be limited at practice Wednesday, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Analysis: While Mayfield acknowledged Wednesday that his "whole right side" is sore from a hit that he sustained in Week 5's win over the Colts, the QB has indicated that he's confident that he'll play Sunday against the Steelers.
Though Mayfield (ribs) noted that it hasn't been determined whether he'll practice Wednesday, the QB remains confident that he'll play Sunday against the Steelers, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Analysis: Mayfield acknowledged Wednesday that his "whole right side" is sore heading into Week 6, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports. While the QB is clearly feeling the effects of a hit he sustained in this past Sunday's win over the Colts and figures to have his practice reps impacted in the coming days, it's pretty clear that Mayfield intends to play through his aches and pains this weekend.
Coach Kevin Stefanski said Monday that Mayfield (ribs) is still sore and will be monitored leading up to the Browns' Week 6 contest in Pittsburgh, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Analysis: Mayfield's X-rays turned up negative after the conclusion of Sunday's win over the Colts, which would seem to confirm that he's avoided serious injury. He even was able to retake the field versus Indianapolis in the fourth quarter after briefly being examined on the sideline. Mayfield himself said that he doesn't consider his availability to be in question, per Adam Schefter of ESPN, but the Browns will nonetheless closely evaluate how he holds up in practice.
Mayfield's ribs X-rays came back negative Sunday, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Analysis: Mayfield spent time in the medical tent during the fourth quarter of Sunday's 32-23 win over the Colts, though he was ultimately able to retake the field, and his post-game X-rays now seem to confirm that he's escaped without a serious injury. The third-year signal-caller said himself that he'll be "ready" to suit up at Pittsburgh in Week 6, so even if he's limited at all when the Browns resume practicing, it won't be cause for much concern. Mayfield put up a season-high 247 passing yards in addition to two scores versus a stout Colts secondary Sunday, though a pair of interceptions somewhat detract from the luster of his performance.
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