3 Outlandish predictions for Cleveland Browns players
1. Baker Mayfield is a statistical freak
As mentioned above, Baker Mayfield will never be a 5,000-yard passer for a couple of reasons. One of the main reasons for that is the Stefanski system and Chubb. This team is designed to run the football and throw it when necessary.
Two, Mayfield’s biggest talents aren’t necessarily his ability to force the ball down the field. He is better in play-action situations and creating plays with his feet when the situation presents itself. He’s by no means an elite athlete, but he is very crafty in buying extra time which is a huge benefit in the NFL.
What will be more impressive about Mayfield in 2021 is his statics and analytical regimes dream. You can look for Mayfield to complete over 65 percent of his passes, with a four to one ratio on interceptions. I’m not calling Mayfield a game manager, but also, he’s not going to lose a game for this team by a disastrous 4 interception game.
I do see Mayfield eclipsing 4,000 yards for the first time in his career. Expect a major uptick in production from tight end, Austin Hooper, who was a bit of a disappointment in 2020.
Pairing that with 28 touchdowns and less than 7 interceptions will put the Browns exactly where they want to be. Competing for the division and a possibility of a home playoff game.