Baker Mayfield tweaked his throwing motion after offseason shoulder surgery

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Baker Mayfield tore the labrum in his left shoulder in Week 2 while trying to make a tackle after an interception. He reinjured it in Week 6 on a hit from Cardinals edge rusher J.J. Watt.

Mayfield played through it with the help of a harness, starting 12 games with the injury. Maybe he shouldn’t have, because surely the numbers he put up in 2021 and the cap number he had for 2022 led to the Browns’ decision to attempt an upgrade with the trade for Deshaun Watson.

Mayfield’s shoulder injury was one of the topics he addressed during his introductory news conference in Charlotte on Tuesday.

“I’m not one for excuses. I was too stubborn to come out (of games) anyway,” Mayfield said of his shoulder injury, via Scott Patsko of cleveland.com.

Mayfield, who had the fewest passing yards (3,010), the fewest touchdowns (17) and the lowest passer rating (83.1) in his career, underwent surgery on his shoulder Jan. 19. He said the shoulder is fully healed, but he has tweaked his throwing motion this offseason.

He called his previous throwing motion “extremely violent.”

“I haven’t thrown the ball this well in a long while. My motion is a little different,” Mayfield said.

With Mayfield now fully healthy, Panthers General Manager Scott Fitterer expects to see the “best version” of Mayfield competing with Sam Darnold for the starting job.

“It wasn’t just the shoulder injury,” Fitterer said. “He also had a foot injury, a rib injury. He was really banged up last season. I think Baker’s really confident and comfortable. . . . I think we get the best version of him going forward.”

13 responses to “Baker Mayfield tweaked his throwing motion after offseason shoulder surgery

  1. The best version will come with some patience. 2 months to learn the playbook isn’t enough time.

  2. Astonished that there is never any mention anywhere about the 2021 injury to Sam Darnold’s throwing shoulder that caused him to miss five games.

  3. I’m a Baker fan, but maxim has a point. Week 1 at home vs. the Browns. We don’t even know if Baker is the starter, and it’s a story only if he is. We may not know until after Labor Day.

  4. courbettheman says:
    July 12, 2022 at 4:45 pm
    Astonished that there is never any mention anywhere about the 2021 injury to Sam Darnold’s throwing shoulder that caused him to miss five games.

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    Wait until Darnold looks better than Bakie in preseason. lol

  5. “Lots of early yapping for Bakie in Charlotte.”

    Do you mean the mandatory press conferences where players, coaches, and management have to answer the questions reporters ask them and then the reporters report what their answer was? Yeah, I guess you could call that “yapping”. I wouldn’t, but you can.

  6. Imagine the immaturity that Baker exhibited as he played the entire season as injured as he was instead of sitting on the bench cashing paychecks. Sometimes the world shows what a real man is and the world is happy with snowflakes.

  7. The Great Gimmick in Washington never learned the offensive playbook as he’d never seen one before. I doubt that Lame is smart enough to open a book. Baker can at least do all of that.

  8. Good luck. A change of motion and an organization in sync will make a world of difference. BTW: Alice Cooper wants his wheelbarrow back.

  9. Well at least he isnt slinging mud back at the Browns who were slinging mud at him right after the trade.

  10. Does Mayfield throw left-handed or right-handed? If he’s a righty and he injured his left non-throwing shoulder, that shouldn’t affect his stats that much I would think.

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