The Cleveland Browns entered their bye week in Week 9 with a record of 5-3, putting them in third place in the tough AFC North division. Despite the outside opinions on the Browns, Baker Mayfield believes the team can use the time spent during the bye week to manufacture a strong second half of the season.
“I’m very excited about getting back to work for this last journey, this run that we’re trying to make,” Mayfield said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “It started a long time ago, but hitting the reset button and being able to start fresh again is a blessing.”
To begin the season, Cleveland held a 4-1 record through five weeks, causing some people to wonder if they were legitimate playoff contenders. Then, in the past three games, the Browns suffered double-digit losses to the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Las Vegas Raiders.
Heading into the bye week, Mayfield and the entire Cleveland roster had a chance to reflect on what they were doing wrong. However, the third-year quarterback would test positive for COVID-19, forcing him to take part in meetings virtually.
But on Wednesday, Mayfield was activated from the COVID-19 reserve list. Therefore, Mayfield isn’t expected to miss a single game despite testing positive for the coronavirus.
With a 5-3 record halfway through the season, the Browns are seeking their first winning record since 2007. Besides Mayfield returning to the facility, Cleveland also received good news with Nick Chubb being activated from injured reserve. Chubb has been out since Week 4 with a knee sprain.