Dud: Baker Mayfield
There was excitement that Baker Mayfield was going to be on the field for the Browns on Friday night, mainly because it would likely be the last time fans will see him playing until the regular season.
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However, Mayfield did not have the night anybody anticipated, as he struggled to complete passes and seemed to be out of sync with his receivers. Mayfield played the entire first half, completing only 10 of his 26 pass attempts for 72 yards and an interception. He finished the night with a 30.6 quarterback rating.
Even though he was without some of his top targets, the 24-year-old quarterback has shown he can move an offense no matter who is lined up at receiver. On Friday night, Mayfield had issues with overthrowing his receivers. On several plays, the receiver had a step on the defender, but Mayfield could not put enough touch on the ball to complete the play.
Although it was a rough night for Mayfield and the offense as a whole, there should be no concerns about if this performance will foreshadow the regular season. Mayfield had an off night, which is bound to happen early on in the season.
Mayfield should not play in the final preseason game against the Detroit Lions, giving him two weeks to prepare for the season opener. By that time, Mayfield will have his top weapons and should not have the issues he had against the Buccaneers.