The Daily Dawg Tags bring you all the Cleveland Browns news you need to know, including head coach Freddie Kitchens dishing on Baker Mayfield’s bad night
It may not sound too flattering, but for one night it was the truth. Baker Mayfield simply ‘wasn’t the sharpest tool in the shed’ on Friday night as the Cleveland Browns struggled against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
That was the phrase head coach Freddie Kitchens used on Monday when talking about Mayfield’s play in that game. However, he didn’t put the blame for that all on No.6 — as he shouldn’t have.
Instead, Kitchens says that the team as a whole didn’t help the quarterback get comfortable, which is essential to finding success under center.
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"“When quarterbacks play the game, they have to feel comfortable,’’ he said. “They have to feel comfortable from the standpoint of where people are, where they’re lined up and where they’re going to be, and then you need to people to make plays.”“Baker was not the sharpest tool in the shed, but there’s so much of it that goes into making him look more sharp. I think collectively, O line, tight ends, running backs, wide receivers and quarterback, we were off and that can’t happen.”"
Kitchens is right that the team around Mayfield was bad. There were dropped passes, missed blocks, and no running game to speak of. This is no indictment on Baker and the coach wasn’t close to suggesting that.
"“Given Mayfield’s superior abilities, we should expect Beckham to be an even more dangerous downfield threat in 2019 than he has been to date in his career. Not only does that mean more catches, more yards, and more touchdowns for both of those players, but it should also mean an increase in efficiency for players like Jarvis Landry, David Njoku, and Nick Chubb. “"
Dubin looked into OBJ’s stats and believes his presence will help everyone around him. That should mean that simply putting him on the field will help negate some of the miscues we saw in Week 3.
"“That phrase, control what you can control, is pretty common from NFL players with microphones in their faces. It really is something Lawrence needed to learn. He found that he was thinking too much, something that almost makes you play scared — scared you’ll mess up, make a mistake, make a wrong step.”"
Lawrence has been a pleasant surprise this preseason for the Browns. Added via trade with New Orleans ahead of Week 1 in 2018, he’s showing what Cleveland saw in him back then. He’s also doing it at the perfect time as the team desperately needed the depth at defensive tackle.
Elliot Kennel is convinced that The Scottish Hammer is making the roster this season. Not only has Jamie Gillan done well punting the ball, but he’s handled the holding duties without a problem and even made a tackle on a punt return against Tampa Bay.