The unquestioned starter
For the second season in a row, the Cleveland Browns enter the year without any question as to who their starting quarterback is. That’s a welcome change for a team that has had issues finding their guy under center.
The Browns took Baker Mayfield first overall in the 2018 NFL Draft and while Hue Jackson had no intention of starting him as a rookie, Mayfield gave him no choice once he came in for an injured Tyrod Taylor in Week 3. Mayfield led Cleveland to their first win in 635 days and that was all it took for fans to fall in love with No. 6.
Mayfield was fantastic that year and set the NFL record for the most touchdown passes by a rookie despite starting just 13 games. His performance had expectations through the roof in 2019 but unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned.
A bad fit at head coach in Freddie Kitchens and poor offensive line play doomed Mayfield who saw a huge decline in his performance. For that reason, he enters his third season in the NFL with a lot to prove. The good news is, the new head coach has a track record of success and the offensive line is much better.
Kevin Stefanski takes over as the new coach in Cleveland after just over one season as the offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings. Before that, he was the quarterback coach and helped players such as Kirk Cousins and Case Keenum have their best seasons as professional players.
Mayfield is also in better shape than he has ever been and that could help him as well. He’s poised for a big season with the Browns as he looks to cement himself as the starter for many years to come.