As the 2-6-1 Cleveland Browns are set to welcome the visiting Atlanta Falcons to the Dawg Pound, top overall pick in quarterback Baker Mayfield has been a much-needed bright spot.
Despite throwing for 297 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in a Week 9 37-21 loss to old college rival Patrick Mahomes and the high-octane Kansas City Chiefs, Mayfield was named the NFL Rookie Of The Week for the third time this season.
Mayfield, the 2017 Heisman Trophy Award winner was taken No.1 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft out of Oklahoma, also won Rookie Of The Week honors in Week 3 and 7.
The 6’1, 209-pound native of Lake Travis, Texas is the third Cleveland player to win Rookie of the Week honors as No.4 overall pick—and Nordonia High standout—DB Denzel Ward won in Week 1 and 5 while RB Nick Chubb claimed the honor in Week 4.
For the season, Mayfield is showing flashes of why Cleveland took him with the first pick last spring, as he leads all rookies in completion percentage (60.0), QB rating (81.5) and passing yards per game (252.6). Mayfield is second in attempts (265), passing yards (1,768), passing touchdowns (10) and interceptions (7) in six games as starting quarterback.
Considered too short, the second coming of Johnny Manziel and not worthy of being the face of a franchise, Mayfield has brought new life to the Browns, their fan base and franchise going forward, as he has shown pinpoint accuracy on his throws, impressive arm strength and a young Brett Favre-like gunslinger type of aggressiveness and leadership that has been absent for far too long at QB in Cleveland.
With seven games left in the season, one can only wonder what’ll happen next, but based on what many have seen so far, the Browns finally got it right in Mayfield.