Will Baker Mayfield return to form?
In 2018, Mayfield threw 27 touchdowns and 14 interceptions with a 63.8% completion percentage. Mayfield regressed in 2019, throwing 22 touchdowns and 21 interceptions with a 59.4% completion percentage. As Mayfield goes, so goes the team’s offense. If he struggles again, it’ll be a long season.
How will the offensive line perform?
One reason Mayfield struggled last year: shaky offensive line play. Per Pro Football Focus, the Browns offensive line ranked 23 of 30 last year. But things are looking up. After adding first-round pick Jedrick Wills Jr. at left tackle and free agent Jack Conklin at right tackle, PFF has the Browns ranked as sixth best unit. Though that was before four lineman opted out due to the pandemic.
Who steps up on defense?
Defensive end Myles Garrett and cornerback Denzel Ward are locks. But cornerback Greedy Williams has a lot to prove after a letdown rookie year. At linebacker, the departures of Christian Kirksey and Joe Schobert means the Browns need Mack Wilson or Sione Takitaki to contribute. Rookie safety Grant Delpit has star potential but is competing with Karl Joseph and Andrew Sendejo for snaps. Overall, this group has an upside.
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September 9, 2020