5. Baker Mayfield
For the second season in a row, the Browns enter training camp with the same starting quarterback which is something we aren’t used to seeing in Berea. The problem is, Mayfield hasn’t walked in without concerns.
Those concerns are understandable as he took a major step backward as a sophomore. But the good news is, he appears to have turned a corner this year — and it hasn’t been all about his play. Instead, it’s been about how he is conducting himself.
Mayfield entered the NFL as the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and was overly confident — bordering on arrogant according to some. That self-assuredness only grew following a great rookie campaign but then Mayfield and the Browns hit a wall.
Head coach Freddie Kitchens struggled to control the huge egos in 2019 and players such as Mayfield saw a massive decline in their play. Now, he has a coach in Kevin Stefanski who was hand-picked to correct the flaws he displayed on the field. As for off the field, Mayfield seems to have done some soul-searching and sounds like a changed man.
He’s sounding like a leader and he even peeled the curtain back a bit to let us know how he felt about the struggles he went through in 2019. The young quarterback sounded more mature and was vulnerable enough to admit he had his confidence shaken last season.
This year, everything is there for him to find success and it seems as though he’s ready to be the quarterback and leader the Browns need him to be.