Dave Logan, WR, 1976-1983
When most Cleveland fans talk about past wide receivers, Dave Logan’s name will usually come up in conversation. While Browns fans appreciate Logan and all of his efforts, most NFL fans have never heard of him.
Logan was a multi-sport player during his collegiate days at Colorado. He came to the Browns in 1976 and started making his mark with the team in 1978 when he caught 37 passes for 585 yards and four touchdowns. Both 1979 and 1980 were great seasons too for Logan. In that 1979 campaign, he got to 982 yards receiving on 59 catches that included seven touchdowns.
He finished with 4,247 yards receiving and 65 touchdowns in his time with the Browns. Some of his best games in that career were against Cleveland’s rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers. In a 1980 game against the Steelers, Logan went for eight receptions and 131 yards.
Baker Mayfield, QB, 2018-2021
We’ll end with the Browns most recent quarterback. After decades of running through a carousel of quarterbacks, Baker Mayfield was drafted by Cleveland as the No. 1 pick of the 2018 draft.
Mayfield immediately made an impact on the franchise. The teams before Mayfield entered the field of play were terrible. Between the 2016 and 2017 seasons, the Browns had a record of 1-31-1. They were 0-16 in 2017 and an embarrassment to the Cleveland fan base.
In his first appearance, Mayfield entered a Week 3 contest against the New York Jets and helped lead a come from behind victory, 21-17. The team finished winning seven games that season. It was a drastic improvement over the previous two years so there was hope again amongst fans.
Unfortunately, the 2019 season was a struggle and the team finished 6-10.
But then 2020 happened and it was special as Mayfield, working with new head coach Kevin Stefanski made great progress as the team finished 11-5 and they made it to the playoffs where they beat the Steelers.
Unfortunately, Mayfield’s last season in 2021 reverted back to more struggles for the young quarterback as the team finished going 8-9. He has since been traded in the lead-up to the 2022 season.
While Mayfield has been praised by many fans for his accomplishments in his four-year stint, many other fans are quick to dismiss the high quality of quarterbacking. He threw for 14,125 yards and had 92 touchdowns in his time as a Brown.
He was also a steady presence at the position that had had over 30 other quarterbacks start for the team since 1999.
That stability at the quarterback position can’t be undervalued. While some fans understand what a significant change Mayfield had on the team, some will not give him that credit. As history goes on, I believe Mayfield will become more valued in end.