Baker Mayfield looked poised for superstardom in 2018, as he broke the rookie passing touchdown record despite starting just 13 games. He followed that up with a 22-touchdown, 21-interception campaign in 2019, though, leading some to question whether or not the brash signal-caller is the real deal.
However, the Cleveland Browns have surrounded Mayfield with everything he needs to succeed in 2020. Entering a potential make-or-break year, Mayfield's projections for the 2020 season are much lower than one might expect, according to odds provided by FanDuel Sportsbook.
Baker Mayfield Projections 2020
The over/under for Mayfield's passing yard total has been set at 3,899.5, with even -112 odds on both sides. His passing touchdown total, meanwhile, is available at over/under 23.5, with even -112 odds on both sides as well. For context, that's the same yardage projection that Jimmy Garoppolo received, and it only gives him a slight edge on Daniel Jones (3,799.5) and Joe Burrow (3,800).
Assuming he stays healthy, Mayfield absolutely looks poised to out-perform these projections. In the 13 games he started as a rookie, the Browns' signal-caller was on a 16-game pace to record 4,337.0 passing yards and 33 touchdowns.
Even last season, when everything that could've possibly gone wrong seemingly did, Mayfield still finished just 73 yards and 2 touchdowns shy of hitting these totals.
With Kevin Stefanski, who just coaxed a career-best performance out of Kirk Cousins, at the helm in 2020 it's hard to imagine Mayfield playing as poorly as he did last season. He'll also benefit from having a healthy Odell Beckham Jr., and the additions of Austin Hooper, Jack Conklin and Jedrick Wills Jr..
Surrounded by top-tier weapons, a revamped offensive line and an innovative offensive mind at head coach, Mayfield has everything he needs to out-perform these projections.
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