The Cleveland Browns bandwagon is on the transfer and filling up fast.
The newest little bit of gas for the ever-growing Cleveland hype-train comes from NFL.com’s Adam Schein, who put quarterback Baker Mayfield excessive on his record of MVP candidates.
Mayfield is No. Three on Schein’s record, behind solely Phillips Rivers and reigning MVP, Patrick Mahomes.
After surpassing Tyrod Taylor because the starter in Week Three final season, Mayfield threw for 3,725 yards and had and 27 touchdowns to 14 interceptions. The Browns completed 7-8-1.
“Mayfield gained’t fail. He can’t fail. He has the expertise, moxie, work ethic, accuracy and management abilities to push the Browns to the playoffs,” Schein wrote of Mayfield.
It’s excessive reward for the second-year Browns QB, placing him forward of the likes of established star QBs Aaron Rodgers and Andrew Luck.
However Mayfield confirmed what he might do final yr in his 13 begins, breaking Peyton Manning’s file for landing passes in a rookie season. Schein additionally factors out how good Mayfield was down the stretch when the Browns reeled off a 5 wins of their closing seven video games. Mayfield ranked third in landing passes (17), fourth in passer score (108.4) and first in yards per try (8.86) amongst these with 200-plus passes.
Being the savior that takes a staff that didn’t win a recreation two years in the past to a division title — and probably extra — may very well be one more reason that the previous Heisman winner will get a lift within the voting.
“Mayfield will get additional credit score for driving Cleveland to an AFC North title, preventing towards each a tricky group of division rivals and the Browns’ lengthy, established historical past of dreadful, misguided ineptitude,” Schein wrote defending the choose.
Baker Mayfield, Odell Beckham Jr. Creating Chemistry
Baker’s MVP candidacy is one thing that Schein has put his weight behind prior to now, citing the addition of expertise like Odell Beckham Jr. and Kareem Hunt.
“I wouldn’t bat an eye fixed if, particularly due to the presence of Odell Beckham Jr., Baker Mayfield gained the MVP,” Schein stated on CBS Sports activities Community earlier this month.
Beckham hasn’t been in Cleveland lengthy, however has already raved about his new QB — each for his efficiency on and off the sector.
“I’ve watched Baker since Oklahoma … he’s acquired an arm,” Beckham stated. “I’ve to get adjusted to the velocity. He’s throwing that ball laborious. Simply catching them from him the primary day it was fully completely different.”
Mayfield and Beckham are aligned on their objective to “hold banners” in Cleveland. If the staff can accomplish that feat, Baker is likely to be the most important beneficiary throughout awards season.
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