1. Baker Mayfield
Before this section is even started, it must be stated that no one wants to see Baker Mayfield be successful as a Browns more than myself. While I wasn’t a huge fan of the draft pick in 2018, he has proven as a rookie that he can play. Last year was a slight disappointment, but I’m willing to chalk that up to a poorly ran franchise.
However, while there is no bigger fan than me, there is no doubt he is still adjusting to the new system and a few mechanic changes a few weeks into training camp. Mayfield has continued to throw inaccurate passes to open receivers, and the offense has been dominated in a majority of 11 vs. 11. While it’s not time to enter full panic mode, Mayfield must step up in the next two weeks to make sure the team is ready for their game in week one.
With no preseason and only having a 16-game season, the Browns can’t afford to figure it out in week five. The league is far too competitive and that may not be enough time to get back into the playoff hunt.
Mayfield is more motivated than ever and is still getting used to working with Stefanski, there have been times where the offense looks incredible (just not enough to this point).
Luckily for him, he has the best running back tandem in the game and a strong offensive line. Look for the Browns to pound the rock early as Mayfield adapts to the system.