Baker Mayfield: Bye week comes at a pretty crucial time

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The Browns hit the bye week in 2020 after a feeble performance in a loss to the Raiders dropped their record to 5-3 on the season and the time off did them some good.

Cleveland went 6-2 the rest of the way to advance to the playoffs and the hope around the Browns right now is that this bye week can lead to the same kind of success. Sunday night’s 16-10 loss to the Ravens leaves them at 6-6 and in need of several wins to get back to the postseason.

Quarterback Baker Mayfield said the week off comes at a “pretty crucial time” for him as he tries to get closer to 100 percent after dealing with left shoulder, groin, knee, and foot injuries in recent weeks. Mayfield also spelled out what he thinks needs to happen for the Browns to use this bye week as a springboard to better days.

“For starters, everybody getting healthy,” Mayfield said, via Cleveland.com. “Last year, you know, with no preseason games or anything with anew system, that was kind of a crucial point for us with everybody kinda doing self-scouting and realizing what we were good at, what we needed to focus on. So I imagine that’s going to be kinda the same mentality. Get better, focus on what we’re good at, continue to grow in those packages and fix our weaknesses. Because, like I said, I think there’s a lot of plays to be made that we just haven’t done it. And we’re good enough to do so, but we haven’t shown that.”

The Browns will return to face the Ravens again in Week 14 and that game should provide a pretty good idea about whether post-bye lightning will strike twice in Cleveland.

9 responses to “Baker Mayfield: Bye week comes at a pretty crucial time

  1. The bye week came way to late the season to help it’s over Baker can talk a big game he just can’t play one.

    Cincinnati QB Ridder 2nd rd in next years draft ( 6-4 215 lbs ) would be a very smart move.

  2. This team has underachieved big time. I had a feeling they would not be able to handle all those off season SB expectations.

  3. A bye isn’t going to turn you into an above average QB. You are average at best. I will be shocked if the Browns signed Baker to a contract extension after this season. Good thing they didn’t do before the season, or they would have had the same issue the Rams and Eagles had with their QBs.

  4. Mayfield is a B-/C+ quarterback. No Super Bowl for the Browns with him under center. But help, enormous help, could be on the way if Jimmy Haslam is bold. In this coming off-season, four footloose veteran quarterbacks might/will/could be lookin’ for a home: Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, Jimmy Garoppolo and Deshaun Watson. Rodgers is the least likely to come to Cleveland. But which of the other three would not jump at the opportunity to come to a ready-made Super Bowl contender that only needs a good quarterback? The Browns’ roster should give them the upper hand in any bidding war with, oh, the Broncos, Panthers, Dolphins, Texans, WFT, and Eagles for these QBs. (Side note: The rebuilding Falcons might be willing to part with Matt Ryan for, say, Baker Mayfield and a couple of No. 2’s.) It will be an interesting off-season. As it always is.

  5. Russell Wilson doesn’t want to come to Cleveland and hand the ball off 30 times a game. He can stay in Seattle and do the same thing. Browns roster is not stacked. The wide recievers are nothing special. Neither is the defense.

  6. Don’t hate on Baker too much, he has a coach that is unwilling to sit him, or an owner that is saying you better not. The decision is not his to play injured.

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