3. Quarterback Play
Browns’ quarterback, Baker Mayfield had a tough year last year in his sophomore campaign. He finished with 22 TDs and 21 INT after having a promising 27 and 14 respectfully the year before. He was less accurate and less confident in his decision making in his second year.
Beckham Jr. also seemed to lack strong on-field chemistry with Baker Mayfield. On too many occasions, passes going to OBJ seemed to come up incomplete. Whether it was wrong timing or incorrect ball location, there were times a play could have been made but they did not execute.
Baker and OBJ are going to be better individually and together in 2020. They – assuming the lockdown goes away sometime during the summer – will be able to train together this offseason and gain some much needed on-field chemistry. They will be able to polish their timing routes and get a feel for how one another plays the game. Working together behind the scenes will be very beneficial come fall.
Mayfield will be a more productive player this season which will directly result in better production for Beckham Jr. He has the help of new head coach, Kevin Stefanski, and backup, veteran quarterback, Case Keenum. Keenum and Stefanski had great success together in Minnesota and can help Mayfield with the transition. They have already begun to work on his footwork this offseason.
With a better and more consistent Mayfield, OBJ will have a much better season. His numbers and production will rise significantly if Mayfield can be the QB we saw his rookie season and more.