Browns QB Baker Mayfield (hand, ribs) isn’t listed on the final injury report. He practiced all week, including full workouts on Thursday and Friday. Mayfield has some spot-start appeal in Sunday’s plus matchup against the Bengals’ 26th-ranked QB defense.
The Browns have named Alex Van Pelt their OC. The former NFL QB has spent the past 14 seasons coaching in Buffalo, Tampa Bay, Green Bay and Cincinnati. He was an OC for just 1 of those years, though: for a 2009 Bills squad that ranked 30th in total yards and 28th in points with QBs Ryan Fitzpatrick and Trent Edwards. It's unclear whether Van Pelt or new HC Kevin Stefanski will call plays in Cleveland.
The Browns are set to hire Kevin Stefanski as their new HC. Stefanski has spent the past 14 seasons in Minnesota under multiple coaching staffs. He took over as interim OC late in the 2018 campaign and was named OC for 2019. The Vikings ranked 16th in total yards, 10th in yards per play and 8th in points this past year. They were the league's 3rd run-heaviest offense -- although assistant coach Gary Kubiak seemingly had a lot to do with that. We'll keep an eye on Stefanski's plans for a Browns offense loaded with talent.
The Browns have fired HC Freddie Kitchens. He seemed overmatched in his 1st go-around as a HC, leading the Browns to a disappointing 6-10 campaign. We'll see who Cleveland tabs as Kitchens' replacement. There's plenty of talent on this roster, so a big step forward in 2020 is plenty possible.
Browns QB Baker Mayfield confirmed that he expects to play against the Bengals this weekend after injuring his right hand in Sunday's loss to the Steelers. HC Freddie Kitchens called the injury a contusion. “The X-rays were negative, so that’s good news," Mayfield said. "Just got a little numb, took some medicine and went back out there. So we’ll see.” Mayfield went just 8 of 15 for 98 yards, 0 TDs and 1 INT after returning from the injury for the 2nd half in Pittsburgh.
Browns QB Baker Mayfield smacked his right hand on a follow-through on a late 2nd-quarter pass in Sunday's game against the Steelers. He headed back to the locker room with trainers. We'll see if Mayfield is able to return for the 2nd half or if Cleveland is forced to turn to QB Garrett Gilbert.
Update: Mayfield returned for the start of the 2nd half.
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