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The Cleveland Browns offense was one of the major disappointments in the NFL last season, as well as Baker Mayfield. With an offense full of weapons, Mayfield was unable to lead the offense to becoming an explosive unit.
Although the offense was hampered by poor play-calling from Freddie Kitchens, the unit on the field was unable to execute consistently. Mayfield also seemed to be out of control in the backfield, creating even more issues for the offense.
This offseason, the Browns have once again overhauled the offensive staff and have brought in a new scheme. The new front office also added more weapons to the offense to surround Mayfield, including tight end Austin Hooper.
Today’s featured article discusses if Mayfield can regain the accuracy he showed off in 2018, but the accuracy that was lacking in 2019.
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"Mayfield has landed in a QB-friendly scheme that usually results in big numbers and a high completion percentage for its passers…The scheme provides plenty of safety nets, and features shorter, higher-percentage pass plays. Players such as Matt Ryan, Brian Hoyer and others have flourished in this offense."
In 2018, Mayfield showed off his accuracy while being a point guard type quarterback, distributing the ball all over the field. However, with a more downfield offense, Mayfield couldn’t show that accuracy. With an offense built around a West Coast scheme, Mayfield’s accuracy should return and allow him to thrive.
The Kansas City Chiefs shocked the NFL world when they signed Patrick Mahomes to a 10-year contract extension. With that deal in mind, Greg Newland looks at three Browns who deserve a 10-year contract.
"Sixth-round wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones was electric as a punt returner during his three seasons at Michigan. He took back two for touchdowns and averaged 8.7 yards on his 83 returns. He did not return kicks, but that shouldn’t eliminate him as a possibility in that area for the Browns."
The Browns returner jobs seems like they will be JoJo Natson’s jobs to lose. He has proven to be a quality returner in the NFL, and having a proven commodity in the role is what the Browns need. However, Donovan Peoples-Jones showed in college he can also be an electric returner and he could provide stiff competition.
Olivier Vernon had an up-and-down 2019 season with the Browns, leading to the Browns restructuring his deal for 2020. Dan Gilinsky believes Vernon will be ultra-motivated to prove last season was a fluke.