3 Cleveland Browns with tumbling stock heading into Week 5
Cleveland Browns falling stock No. 1: Baker Mayfield, Quarterback
It’s hard to be too critical of Baker Mayfield because he did play well in the first three weeks of the season. Having said that, Week 4 was really bad for him. And we aren’t saying anything he doesn’t already know.
Following the win, Mayfield gave the credit to his defense before unloading on himself for his own performance. How bad was it?
Mayfield finished the day with just 15-of-33 receptions which is a completion percentage of just 45 percent. That was easily his worst of the season as were his 155 yards through the air. Before this game, he hadn’t gone for fewer than 213 yards in a game or less than 61.29 percent on his attempts.
His yards per attempt were also staggering low. He started the season with 11.46 yards per pass in Week 1 but the number has gone down each week since then. He was at 10.14 at home against Houston and 7.94 in Week 3 against the Bears. Facing Minnesota, it was just 4.7 yards per pass attempt.
On the season, he’s still not bad with 935 yards on 65.5 percent passing (still a career-best) with a two-to-two touchdown to interception ratio.
Having said all that, there will be plenty of people who want to pile on Mayfield after such a game and it’s hard to defend that performance, which is why his stock is currently on the downfall.