Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield wasn't a fan of those suggestions that the team got better after star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. suffered a season-ending injury. The Browns were still learning the offense under the scheme of first-year head coach Kevin Stefanski when Beckham suffered the injury.
Mayfield suggested it was natural that the offense was getting better as the season progressed. “I told you guys during the season, when we had that bye week, we were able to truly sit down and kind of see what we were doing well, what we weren’t.
And we were able to grow from there,” Mayfield said, per Pro Football Talk. “So timing-wise, it was unfortunate when the injury happened. But that’s why you see the growth from the first half to the second half of the year.
“I wouldn’t say that it’s because we’re not throwing to him. You look at you take one person off, you still have 10 other guys who are on the field. So it’s not about that. The narrative can be what it is, but we’re looking forward to getting back to work together”.
Mayfield not ready to write off Beckham
"Anytime you’re going from Year 1 to Year 2 in the same system, you’re going to make a tremendous jump,” Mayfield said. “But I also think where we were at before his injury happened on an under-thrown ball by me — we truly didn’t have a true identity on offense at that point.
And I think that took our bye week right in the middle of the season last year to really sit down and do a self-scout and for us to grow. “I’ve talked to Odell, he’s very happy with where he’s at in the rehab process.
I’m happy for him. He looks good, he feels good, and looking forward to starting where we should”. The Browns haven't suffered any losses in the offseason and Mayfield is excited about it. "When it comes to continuity and everybody being on the same page and having the same goals, that's so important," Mayfield acknowledged.
"This is the first time ever in my career that you have 11 guys that at one point started on this offense all coming back. I think that is truly pretty special. "I'm obviously looking forward to continuing to build on what we started last year. It's nowhere near from being over."