Browns HC Hue Jackson confirmed Monday what everyone suspected after Thursday night: QB Baker Mayfield is taking over the starting job. Tyrod Taylor completed just 48.8% of his passes at 5.5 yards per attempt and a 63.7 QB rating before sustaining a concussion in the win over the Jets. Mayfield came on to go 17-of-23 passing for 201 yards (8.7 YPA) and a 100.1 passer rating. Anyone watching the game could see the rookie sparking a struggling offense. Mayfield carries fantasy upside with his mobility and a solid set of receivers but figures to open as a QB2 -- even in an upside Week 4 matchup at Oakland.
Browns QB Baker Mayfield isn't listed on the Week 2 injury report. It's confirmation that the wrist injury he suffered in the opener won't be a factor moving forward. Mayfield is a nice bounce-back candidate in Monday night's game against a burnable group of Jets CBs.
Browns HC Freddie Kitchens said Monday that QB Baker Mayfield was "good to go" after leaving the stadium Sunday with his right wrist wrapped. On Tuesday, Mayfield practiced with his team with no wrap on the hand or wrist, according to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal. Ulrich added that Mayfield was throwing the ball well. This looks like a non-issue heading into Monday night's visit to the Jets.
Browns HC Freddie Kitchens said Monday that x-rays came back clean on QB Baker Mayfield's right wrist. "We're good to go," Kitchens added. Mayfield was 1 of the bigger disappointments of Week 1. It's unclear how big a factor that wrist issue played. We'll track his practice participation this week ahead of next Monday's game against the Jets.
Browns QB Baker Mayfield left the stadium Sunday with his right wrist wrapped. An X-ray turned up negative, though, according to multiple reports. The injury is merely a bruise. It sounds like we should expect to have Mayfield available for next Monday night's visit to the Jets.
The Browns are hiring Freddie Kitchens as their HC. Kitchens took over as Cleveland's interim OC in Week 9 of this past season and immediately turned the unit around. After averaging 21.1 points and 342 total yards over the first 8 games, the Browns averaged 23.8 points and 395 yards across the last 8. QB Baker Mayfield was especially impressive under Kitchens, completing 68% of his passes, averaging 8.6 yards per attempt and tossing 19 TDs over those 8 games. This is a big step up in responsibility for Kitchens, who had never even called plays in the NFL prior to last year. But we at least like the move for the Browns offense.
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