The Cleveland Browns’ offensive supporting cast has recently been ranked the 3rd best in the NFL by Dan Ambrosino of nflspinzone.com. Here’s why he is right, and what that could mean for Baker Mayfield.
Dan Ambrosino of nflspinzone.com has recently named the Cleveland Browns offensive supporting cast as the third-best in the NFL. To clarify, the offensive supporting cast is pretty much every offensive position besides quarterback.
The ranking of 3rd in the NFL is right about where the team should be placed. Every supporting cast that hovers around the top five has a claim for the title as the best supporting cast.
There is an argument to be made that the Browns supporting cast is better than the Buccaneers which Dan ranked ahead of the Browns as the 2nd best supporting cast.
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The Browns offensive line is similar to the Buccaneers, as Ryan Jensen and J.C. Tretter match up pretty equally in talent level, along with Joel Bitonio and Ali Marpet. Both teams have a rookie offensive tackle who was considered among the best in the NFL.
However, the biggest separation is between Jack Conklin and Donovan Smith as the veteran tackles on each roster. Jack Conklin is a better offensive tackle than Donovan Smith by a decent amount. However, the Buccaneers wide receiver core and tight end core may be more talented than the Browns, especially since they added Rob Gronkowski to the mix, who is an all-time great tight end.
The addition of Gronk outweighs the Browns’ addition of Austin Hooper. Hooper is one of the top young tight ends in the game right now, but there is no argument to be made that Gronkowski is more valuable to an offense for a single season. When we get to running backs in this conversation, there is no doubt that the Browns have the better running back core.
Ambrosino has the Browns and Buccaneers tied with a score of 90/100, which is fair, considering how close it is between the two groups. The Buccaneers have built their incredible supporting cast for Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady to succeed. In Kansas City, the Chiefs have done the same for future Hall of Fame quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
With the investments the Browns have made in the supporting cast department, that means they view Baker Mayfield as having a similar ceiling to Mahomes and Brady. There is no excuse for Baker Mayfield to not have a career season in 2020. He has chemistry with his top three wide receivers now, the Browns brought in two high-quality offensive tackles for him, and Kevin Stefanski will be the play-caller in 2020.
I fully expect Baker Mayfield to have a season even better than his rookie year in 2020. The Browns have put the ball in his court, and its time for him to show what he can do in his third year in the NFL.