Browns’ Baker Mayfield making quickness a huge priority in the offseason
The Cleveland Browns have ushered in some significant changes this offseason in an attempt to bounce back in the 2020 NFL season. Of course, their biggest priority will be on the development of quarterback Baker Mayfield.
Mayfield seemingly regressed under center during the 2019 campaign. According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, he plans on coming back lighter and quicker this offseason:
An important focus for the Browns heading into 2020: QB Baker Mayfield’s fitness and body makeup. From what I understand, he put on some weight last year to bulk up and lost some quickness. His plan is to be slimmer & faster this year, with an emphasis on being in better shape.
It is certainly encouraging to see that Mayfield has put an emphasis on stepping up his game from a physical standpoint. The former No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft has caught plenty of flak for some of the unflattering pictures that have their rounds on social media. Although quarterbacks are not known to be the best physical specimens, getting his body right could prove as the catalyst for a potential resurgence next season.
One of Mayfield’s biggest attributes is his skill set as a dual-threat quarterback. While the Browns would prefer him to focus on making plays from the pocket, having the ability to tuck and run at any time helps to keep the defense on their toes. Focusing on his quickness and footwork could undoubtedly pay huge dividends for his progression.
Cleveland has once again made some major changes to their coaching staff following the nightmare season. The onus will ultimately fall on head coach Kevin Stefanski to help Mayfield find his rhythm under center once again.
If Stefanski can do just that, the Browns should be able to start making a move towards becoming a playoff contender in the competitive AFC.