Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield may have thrown three interceptions in week 17, but he also tied the rookie touchdown record for a quarterback. He’s been rewarded with a seventh Rookie of the Week award.
Young Cleveland Browns phenom Baker Mayfield has done it again, folks. In a week 17 26-24 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Mayfield posted three touchdowns and three interceptions.
Perhaps more impressive is that he threw for 376 yards against the league’s best defense. He’s one of only three passers to throw for 300 against the Ravens, along with Chiefs quarterback and MVP favorite Patrick Mahomes, and…Baker Mayfield, in Week 5.
Thus, Mayfield has been named the NFL’s Rookie of the Week for a seventh time this season.
This ties Alvin Kamara, the 2017 Offensive Rookie of the Year, and is just two short of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Not only that, but this award puts Mayfield and the Browns at 11 Rookie of the Week awards, tying them for the record.
At the end of the day, it may be an easy decision for Offensive Rookie of the Year voters. Mayfield has bolstered his resume throughout the final quarter of the season, and may pass New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley for the OROY voting despite not starting his first game until Week 4.
John Dorsey has gotten the Browns a franchise quarterback, and the rookie’s moment of truth will come next month, when Rookie of the Year voting takes place. He’s certainly got the resume, but only time will tell.