Cleveland Browns: 3 Reasons Baker Mayfield could struggle in 2020

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The expectation among Cleveland Browns fans is that Baker Mayfield will bounce back in 2020, but these factors could change that expectation

It’s been a weird feeling over the past three seasons for Cleveland Browns fans as they have finally found themselves full of hope. Following a 1-31 stretch in 2016 and 2017, it started to feel as though success was never coming but then something changed.

A lot of the credit has been given to former general manager John Dorsey who, while he did make a mistake with Freddie Kitchens, did add a ton of firepower on both sides of the ball. He got them an emotional leader on the offensive side of the ball in Jarvis Landry and built around defensive end Myles Garrett on the other side.

More credit is now being given to Andrew Berry, who succeeded Dorsey. Berry is the youngest general manager in the game but has already proven to know what he’s doing. He rounded out the roster this offseason with some solid free-agent additions as well as some shrewd drafting.

More reason for optimism this season centers on rookie head coach Kevin Stefanski. The former Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator comes in with an offensive strategy that suits the Cleveland roster perfectly.

With all those reasons being mentioned, there’s one thing that stands above all as a beacon of hope in Cleveland — Baker Mayfield. The Browns current starting quarterback looks to be the real deal and as Cleveland fans know, if there’s not a legit quarterback under center, there’s no chance for success.

However, Mayfield has yet to orchestrate a winning season. He seems more than capable but the team needs to see him do that as he enters his third season in the NFL. While many expect him to do just that, there are some concerns that could hold him back.

Here we dive into the three most likely reasons the Browns could see Mayfield struggle in 2020.