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Cleveland Browns quarterback Drew Stanton has received his fair share of criticism from fans because he has not shown much on the field since joining the roster last season. Even though he has been a career backup, fans feel there are better options to hold that roster spot.
However, one of the biggest reasons Stanton was signed by the Browns last offseason was so he could be Baker Mayfield’s mentor. Having somebody to lean on to help prepare for games or break down film would be a major plus for Mayfield early on in his career.
Mayfield’s rise to starting quarterback happened much faster than the organization anticipated, but having Stanton to help guide him along on how to handle being an NFL starting quarterback was likely beneficial.
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In today’s featured article, one Cleveland Brown believes Mayfield will be able to make a huge leap in his career because of Stanton’s presence.
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"“Drew is a really smart guy,’’ said Ratley. “I don’t think you understand how smart Drew really is. Drew will tell you something that’s going to work and that thing works. So Bake literally learns from him, so you’ve got to think of it in that kind of way, like Bake’s going to be dangerous.’’"
Mayfield has quickly shown he has the arm talent to pick apart NFL defenses. The next step for him in his career is to quickly diagnose a defense and their coverages. With the help of Stanton, Mayfield could develop that trait quicker than usual, making him an even better and dangerous quarterback in 2019 and beyond.
Cleveland Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens took a different path to becoming a head coach than usual, and now he has taken a different path when it comes to training camp and the preseason. As Casey Kinnamon points out, Kitchens likes to do things his way, even if that strays from the norms of NFL head coaches.
"In a single season, Mayfield made the perennially dysfunctional Browns seem unstoppable. The hope now is that he and Kitchens can turn the team into a legitimate title contender. The Mistake by the Lake is no more: The Browns have become the most talked-about team in football—and now, it’s for the right reasons."
Both Kitchens and Mayfield have aggressive mindsets which mesh perfectly on the field. With so much expected of the Browns in 2019, both the head coach and quarterback are not shying away from the expectations. And with Mayfield emerging as a leader and Kitchens toughening the whole team up, they are going to make sure the rest of the organization is prepared for a big season.
The Cleveland Browns boast a lot of talent on their defensive depth chart, including their undrafted rookies. Elliot Kennel looks at linebacker Willie Harvey, who flashed multiple times in the fourth quarter against the Colts.