Cleveland Browns 53-Man roster prediction Preseason Week 2
Quarterback (2): Baker Mayfield, Drew Stanton
During the preseason broadcast, it was mentioned that head coach Freddie Kitchens has been steadfast in his decision to make Drew Stanton the No. 2 quarterback. With them comfortable with the veteran as the backup to Baker Mayfield, the team is trying to allow Garrett Gilbert and undrafted rookie David Blough a chance to prove they should keep three quarterbacks.
Really, there’s no need to do that at this point. We all know Baker Mayfield is the man as he set the team record for passing yards by a rookie last season while also breaking the NFL record for touchdown passes by a rookie. On Thursday, he looked calm and collected and has taken over the entire franchise.
There’s no battle going on whatsoever, and there’s no need to use a roster spot on a developmental player. With that being said, Gilbert is really trying to change Kitchen’s mind about Stanton being the backup — which doesn’t happen in this prediction.
As for a third quarterback, Cleveland should have no problems sneaking Blough through waivers and placing him on the practice squad. This way, they have someone learning the system and practicing with them in case someone does go down and they need to activate an emergency quarterback.
It sure does feel good to know the Browns are looking so strong at this position after years of swinging and missing.