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Browns rookie Baker Mayfield is third-best QB in red zone, per passer rating

Baker Mayfield, Browns

Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield gave their team and their fans something to smile about.

In a tweet by NFLMatchupOnESPN, the first overall pick of this year’s draft is currently the third best passer in the red zone.

The 23-year-old only trailed the two leading MVP candidates, Drew Brees and Patrick Mahomes. Mayfield is virtually unstoppable within 20 yards from the goal line. He has completed 25 of his 40 attempts and has tossed 14 touchdowns with no interceptions.

Being on the list with the best quarterbacks today is an awesome feat. It is a huge confidence booster for the Oklahoma product. The Browns used their number one pick on Mayfield because he finished his NCAA career with the most efficient arm in history.

In three years with the Sooners, he passed 14,607 yards, 130 touchdowns, and only 30 interceptions. His 198.9 rating in 2017 is also mind-boggling. These stats attracted the Browns, who were coming off a 0-16 campaign in 2017. Quarterback DeShone Kizer was shipped to the Packers after losing all his starts for the team last year.

The Browns have a long history of futility at the quarterback position. Ever since they were re-activated in 1999, an unbelievable 27 signal-callers have started a game for them. None of them have led the Browns to the highest level. Among them were Tim Couch, Brady Quinn, Brandon Weeden, and Johnny Manziel. Sadly, they all didn’t pan out.

A new era began in Cleveland with Mayfield’s arrival. They hope Mayfield can be the savior of the franchise he is expected to be. He currently has 17 TDs compared to seven interceptions with a 3-5 win/loss record.  They’ve also drafted a lot of talented players lately to fill some void in the lineup.