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Baker Mayfield | Quarterback | #6

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (23) / 4/14/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 215
College: Oklahoma
Drafted: 2018 / Rd. 1 (1) / CLE
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Browns QB Baker Mayfield completed 7-of-13 passes for 75 yards with nine yards rushing on four attempts in Friday's preseason game versus the Bills.
Mayfield's 5.6 yards per attempt were a far cry from his 10.6 yards per attempt in his debut a week ago. Although he started the game slowly, the Browns' second-team offensive line did him no favors early on. Mayfield and the Browns went three-and-out on his first three possessions before he led scoring drives on each of his final two drives of the night. He also lost potential passing scores to an offensive pass interference penalty and another on a replay review. With Tyrod Taylor the unquestioned starter entering the season, Mayfield will look to build on an overall positive start to the preseason next Thursday versus the Eagles. Aug 17 - 10:24 PM

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Browns OC Todd Haley said Baker Mayfield has "made consistent progress."

"I thought it wasn’t too big for him," Haley said of the preseason opener. "He was by no means perfect, but he kept his cool. He was never flustered. I think it’s clear to everybody he can really throw the football." Despite the strong showing in the first preseason game, the Browns have vowed to stick to the plan at quarterback, and Haley tempered his praise by saying Mayfield has to "keep working" and "keep learning from the older guys in the room." Tyrod Taylor is going to start Week 1, but Mayfield should see the field at some point as a rookie.
Aug 16 - 10:57 AM

Browns QBs coach Ken Zampese said the team has their plan for Baker Mayfield and are "sticking to it."

Mayfield made some noise with an impressive preseason opener, but it has not changed the Browns thinking at quarterback. Zampese said any talk about Mayfield winning the starting job was "national hype," and coach Hue Jackson said "nothing's changed" at quarterback. Tyrod Taylor is going to start Week 1, but it will be difficult for the coaching staff to keep Mayfield on the bench all season.
Aug 13 - 12:04 PM

Browns QB Baker Mayfield completed 11-of-20 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns in Thursday’s preseason game versus the Giants.

Mayfield played with a mix of starters and backups on his first two drives, leading a 72-yard scoring drive on his second possession in which he was 3-of-6 passing for 57 yards and a touchdown. Mayfield picked up two first downs rushing on the drive, including a scramble on fourth down that set up his touchdown strike, a 10-yard pass to David Njoku. On his seventh and final drive of the night, Mayfield hit rookie Antonio Callaway on a sharp slant on third down that Callaway took 54-yards for a touchdown. On his five other possessions, Mayfield and the Browns struggled to get things going, totaling just five first downs with three 3-and-out possessions. Although the overall efficiency wasn’t there as Mayfield had multiple throwaways, he looked poised in the offense and extended plays with his legs while keeping his eyes downfield. Not expected to push Tyrod Taylor out of the starting job quite yet, Mayfield will look to build on his strong showing next week against the Bills.
Aug 9 - 9:41 PM

CBS' Jason La Canfora came away from Browns camp with the impression that Tyrod Taylor will be the Week 1 starter at quarterback.

La Canfora passes along the observation in an article about how impressive Baker Mayfield has been. Taylor has apparently been even better so far in camp. It certainly seems possible that the Browns will stick to their guns about Taylor starting Week 1, but the countdown clock for a No. 1 overall quarterback starts the second he is selected. Mayfield is going to make 2018 starts, likely early.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 30 - 3:16 PM

Browns coach Hue Jackson said No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield has exceeded expectations early in camp.

"Baker Mayfield has been everything I thought a quarterback should be for our organization thus far," Jackson said. "He's doing the things that we want him to do the way we want him to do it, and he's exceeding those things." ESPN's Pat McManamon agrees with the coach's assessment, writing Mayfield has picked up the offense quickly, flashed a strong arm, and been accurate. Jackson has been adamant Tyrod Taylor will start, but Mayfield could test his resolve with a strong preseason.
Source: ESPN
Jul 30 - 11:13 AM

Browns coach Hue Jackson doesn't expect Baker Mayfield to get many first-team reps in training camp.

"Tyrod Taylor is the starter," said Jackson. "I don’t envision any situation where all of a sudden (Mayfield’s) getting a bunch of first-team reps unless something happens." It confirms what Cleveland has been saying all offseason. The Browns are committed to Taylor as their Week 1 starter, but Mayfield could shorten the leash with a strong preseason.
Jul 25 - 5:02 PM

Browns signed No. 1 overall pick QB Baker Mayfield to a four-year contract.

Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Mayfield gets $32.68 million guaranteed, including a $21.85 million signing bonus. The top pick in the draft is expected to open the season as the No. 2 quarterback behind Tyrod Taylor, who has received plenty of praise from teammates and coaches this offseason.
Jul 24 - 10:35 PM

According to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, first-round QB Baker Mayfield has a "long way to go to unseat" starter Tyrod Taylor.

Mayfield has already surpassed Drew Stanton on the Browns' QB depth chart but remains a distant second to Taylor, who has handled all of Cleveland's first-team reps. "I made a commitment to [Taylor] and he has held up his end of the bargain with not just the way he works but the way he plays and the way he leads," said coach Hue Jackson. Obviously the contract-year Taylor is just a placeholder for Mayfield, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner and first overall pick in April's draft. Tyrod will likely be the Week 1 starter but there's a good chance we'll see Mayfield at some point in 2018.
Jun 17 - 10:28 AM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer believes the Browns are serious about starting Tyrod Taylor in Week 1, and that Baker Mayfield will begin his career on the bench.

Coach Hue Jackson has insisted as such but there is little reason to believe when a coach says such things. We are still dubious that the No. 1 overall pick will begin his rookie year riding the pine, but Taylor is a legitimate obstacle. Mayfield will need to light up camp and the preseason to give himself a shot.
May 8 - 5:19 PM

Browns first-round QB Baker Mayfield has been practicing taking snaps under center.

Mayfield saw most of his snaps out of the shotgun formation at Oklahoma, so playing under center will be an adjustment. "We are going to hammer that until I am good and it feels natural," said the reigning Heisman Trophy winner. To ease his transition, the Browns have brought in Mayfield's college center, Erick Wren, on a tryout basis.
Source: ESPN.com
May 6 - 8:52 AM

ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss confirms the team was interested in Baker Mayfield during the pre-draft process.

Per Reiss, the Pats requested a meeting with Mayfield's agent, but he turned it down on account of the Pats having just the No. 31 pick. Once the Pats acquired the Rams' selection at No. 23, Mayfield's rep gave the go ahead. He met with OC Josh McDaniels the Monday before the draft. Ultimately, the Pats didn't select a quarterback until the seventh round, LSU non-spect Danny Etling.
Source: ESPN.com
May 1 - 4:16 PM

Baker Mayfield's agent says he was informed during the pre-draft process that the Patriots considered moving up to No. 2 to select his client.

The plan would have, of course, been contingent on the Browns passing on Mayfield at No. 1. The Patriots were connected to collegiate quarterbacks throughout the spring, most notably Louisville's Lamar Jackson. The Pats had two first-round selections, but at Nos. 23 and 31, they weren't the kind of ammunition that would get you into the top five. The Pats would have had to sell the farm to even have a chance at making the necessary move for Mayfield, and even then it might not have been enough. The takeaways are that the league loves Mayfield and that the Pats are aggressively looking to life beyond Tom Brady.
May 1 - 1:24 PM

Browns VP of player personnel Alonzo Highsmith said No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield "blew the team away" with his off-field intangibles.

"Here's the honest to God's truth," Highsmith said. "From the start of his college football season to the end of the season, I had [Sam] Darnold No. 1 and Baker No. 2. On our way through everything, you couldn't tell me Darnold wasn't the best. Then comes the part where you meet them off the field. You watch their workouts. You watch everything. And Baker blew me away. Highly, highly intelligent. Highly competitive. When he walked into a room, you knew he was there." Highsmith said Josh Allen was last among the first-round quarterbacks on the Browns' board.
Apr 30 - 6:22 PM

Browns selected Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Mayfield (6’1/215) went 33-6 in 39 starts for the Sooners, finishing second in D-I history in passer efficiency rating (175.4) with a Big 12 all-time record in yards per attempt (9.8), a 131:30 TD-to-INT ratio, and 21 rushing scores. Per PFF College, Mayfield led the nation in QB rating under pressure in 2015 (117.4), 2016 (119.2), and 2017 (111.6). Mayfield has a play-fake-heavy, spread-offense background and lacks ideal height, but his playmaking ability is tangible on tape with plus arm talent and mobility. Only Josh Allen threw with more ball velocity at the Combine in this year’s QB class. Long term, Mayfield should fall on the Jeff Garcia-Russell Wilson spectrum. (Garcia had an underrated prime.) Mayfield will open his career behind Tyrod Taylor in Cleveland.
Apr 26 - 8:16 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tyrod Taylor
2Drew Stanton
3Baker Mayfield
4Brogan Roback
RB1Carlos Hyde
2Duke Johnson
3Nick Chubb
4Matt Dayes
5Dontrell Hilliard
GLB1Carlos Hyde
2Nick Chubb
3RB1Duke Johnson
2Carlos Hyde
FB1Dan Vitale
WR11Jarvis Landry
2Rashard Higgins
3C.J. Board
4Blake Jackson
5Derrick Willies
WR21Josh Gordon
2Antonio Callaway
3Jeff Janis
4Damion Ratley
5Evan Berry
WR31Rashard Higgins
TE1David Njoku
2Darren Fells
3Seth DeValve
4Orson Charles
5Devon Cajuste
LT1Joel Bitonio
2Shon Coleman
3Greg Robinson
4Desmond Harrison
LG1Austin Corbett
2Geoff Gray
3Fred Lauina
C1J.C. Tretter
2Austin Reiter
3Anthony Fabiano
RG1Kevin Zeitler
2Spencer Drango
3Avery Gennesy
RT1Chris Hubbard
2Kevin Bowen
3Christian DiLauro
K1Zane Gonzalez
2Ross Martin