BEING THE UNDERDOG IS ALL BAKER MAYFIELD KNOWS.


Even though he capped a stellar high school career with a 25-2 record and a 2011 Texas state championship, he didn’t sign with any college. He walked on at Texas Tech in 2013 and became the first freshman walk-on to start an FBS season-opening game. Ever since, Mayfield has proven that all he needs is a chance.

Ater disputes with coaches, he transferred to Oklahoma and again showed up as a walk-on. After having to sit out one year due to NCAA rules, Mayfield earned the starting job as a sophomore. During his three years at OU, he won three Big 12 Championships, led the Sooners to two College Football Playoff semi-final games, and won the Heisman Trophy before becoming the first pick in the NFL Draft.

Now, Mayfield has a chance to finally turn the Cleveland Browns around after 11 straight losing seasons. He took over for an injured Tyrod Taylor in Week 3 and led the team to a 21-17 victory— their first win since 2016. Cleveland finished with a 7-8-1 record—more wins than the previous three seasons combined. Four losses came by three points or fewer.

he Browns narrowly missed the playoffs, even after the iring of head coach Hue Jackson in the middle of the season. he team even went 5-2 to finish the year. Mayfield became Cleveland’s 30th starting quarterback since the franchise was revised in 1999. the team’s embarrassing QB carousel might have finally come to a stop with the former two-time unwanted college walk-on.

Mayield inished his irst NFL season, which included 13 starts, completing 63.8 percent of his passes for 3,725 yards, 27 touchdowns, 14 interceptions, and a 93.7 passer rating. His 27 touchdowns set an NFL rookie record, and his yards ranked sixth all-time among rookies. In fact, his stats measure up with some of the best rookie quarterback seasons of the past six years. he list below compares Mayield’s rookie season with 11 other rookie quarterbacks going back to 2012. Most on the list started all 16 games in their rookie seasons. His completion percentage ranks ith, passing yards rank fourth, touchdowns rank irst, and passer rating ranks ith.


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