Cleveland will begin and play Baker Mayfield and far of the primary staff within the third preseason sport Friday evening in opposition to the Bucs. Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens confirmed the information to Cleveland.com, however didn’t say what number of possessions his star quarterback would see in Tampa.
“We’re going to play our guys some,” Kitchens stated, “and I don’t know the way lengthy but.”
Mayfield sat final Saturday in opposition to the Colts in a 21-18 victory. He was changed by backup Garrett Gilbert, who accomplished 13-of-19 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns in a half of motion. This was continued progress for the 28-year-old journeyman, who linked on 14-of-22 throws for 135 yards in a 30-10 overcome Washington within the preseason opener.
Mayfield seemed crisp in opposition to the Redskins in his solely look, to date. He led a landing drive on 5-for-6 passing for 77 yards. The drive culminated in a 24-yard strike to Rashard Higgins.
He has expressed a need to play “not less than a half” in opposition to Tampa Bay.
“I want to say not less than a half, nevertheless it’s not my name,” Mayfield informed WKYC after Wednesday’s observe.
“I believe that third sport, lots of the time is handled, because the final warmup earlier than the true factor begins as a result of not one of the starters play within the fourth sport, simply because it so near the true one. It’s a ultimate tune-up, iron all the things out, deal with it extra like a sport week with the psychological prep work of getting right into a routine, so yeah, I’m wanting ahead to taking part in.”
It’s finally Kitchens name, however he is aware of that since he’ll sit his starters subsequent week versus the Lions, that is the final alternative for reside reps till the common season begins on Sep. 8.
He stated taking part in time for the remainder of his starters will likely be decided on a player-by-player foundation.
“A few of it components in on how guys are feeling,” he stated. “Little nicks and bumps that they might have as a result of they’ve all received nicks and bumps. We’ve had a bodily camp.”
This seemingly holds out star receiver Odell Beckham, Jr., who has been restricted in coaching camp since he injured his hip in early August.
Baker Mayfield Fantasy Outlook
In simply 13 begins final season, Mayfield broke the rookie file for landing passes with 27. The 2018 Heisman winner out of Oklahoma totaled 3,725 passing yards and guided the Browns to a 7-8-1 end, successful 5 of their ultimate seven video games.
Our personal J.R. DeGroote expects larger numbers this fall, which might necessitate an early to mid-round choice in fantasy soccer.
Head coach Freddie Kitchens — who will name the performs — and offensive coordinator Todd Monken each have a behavior of desirous to go downfield, which can assist Mayfield rack up the factors.
Mayfield must be thought-about as an elite QB prospect and must be one of many first six passers off the board. Take Mayfield within the fifth to sixth spherical of 12-team, point-per-reception leagues.
CBS Sports activities is much more enthusiastic about him, projecting him as the following Patrick Mahomes “with out paying full value.” They level out that Mayfield was on a 4,300-yard, 33-touchdown tempo as a starter in 2018, and even higher as soon as Kitchens took over midseason (4,508 yards, 38 touchdowns).