After a fantastic rookie season that was followed by a below-average sophomore year, the Cleveland Browns need to be patient and avoid the panic button with Baker Mayfield
As we all know, the Cleveland Browns have gone through quarterbacks like it’s nobody’s business as of recent years. Year after year, season after season the Browns have left fans wondering when the time will come for the franchise quarterback to finally arrive in Cleveland.
When exactly did the quarterback of the future finally arrive? In April of 2018, when the Browns drafted Baker Mayfield with the first overall pick.
Mayfield shocked the world when he was drafted first overall by the Browns in 2018. Some people to this day still criticize the Browns for drafting Mayfield over some of the other quarterbacks in the draft, like New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold.
Cleveland wanted a leader with swagger attached to him, and that is just what they got. Despite Mayfield’s struggles this past season, here are five reasons why you should hold onto all the stock you have in the quarterback, for now.
5. Mayfield set the rookie touchdown record
On December 30th, 2018 in Baltimore against the Ravens, Mayfield surpassed Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson by throwing his 27th touchdown pass on the season. In talking about those two respectable quarterbacks in Manning and Wilson, Manning went on to have a hall of fame career and Wilson is on the right path to do the same thing.
If both of those quarterbacks who previously held the rookie record had and are having solid careers, what’s to say Mayfield won’t as well? Sure, he took a step back in 2019, but we saw that he can get it done in the NFL. That means he could do it again.