Browns' Baker Mayfield Is 'Case Keenum with a Stronger Arm', Colin Cowherd Says

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 27, 2020

CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 29: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns reacts after throwing a touchdown  pass in the second quarter of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images)
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In case you're wondering if Colin Cowherd has changed his opinion of Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, he hasn't.

During Wednesday's edition of The Herd, Cowherd compared Mayfield to his backup by saying the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner is "Case Keenum with a stronger arm."

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Baker Mayfield since 2017: 12-17, 49 TD, 35 INT Case Keenum since 2017: 18-20, 51 TD, 27 INT "Baker Mayfield is Case Keenum with a stronger arm... It is all lined up for him. He will be a playoff QB this year." β€” @ColinCowherd https://t.co/mk1FB5I3pF

This is merely the latest salvo in Cowherd's cold war against the Browns star, which began before Mayfield took a snap in the NFL.

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"I feel like you're going for the fact that I'm not a team guy. That I'm selfish. Is that what you're shooting for here or what?" @bakermayfield defends himself against @ColinCowherd's criticisms πŸ˜‚ https://t.co/7SkNRNuYJ7

The dynamic has continued well into Mayfield's pro career.

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@TheHerd @ColinCowherd πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ you’re a donkey man

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@ColinCowherd @TheHerd Why would I listen to you instead of just reading the quote? That’s exactly what you do when you go on air... skip all the details and important stuff, then go for the irrational opinion for clicks.

Whether fans agree or disagree with Cowherd's evaluation, there's no question Mayfield fell short of expectations in 2019.Β He threw for 3,827 yards, 22 touchdowns and 21 touchdowns as Cleveland finished 6-10.

Keenum isn't going to overtake Mayfield for the starting job by Week 1, but he gives the Browns a contingency plan if they feel the offense isn't going in the right direction.

Ultimately, the onus is on Mayfield to prove Cowherd and his critics wrong over the course of the 2020 campaign.