Baker Mayfield Had 'Outstanding' Offseason, in 'Terrific' Shape, Browns GM Says

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistAugust 4, 2020

In this Dec. 29, 2019, photo, Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield scrambles during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Cincinnati. The most compelling dramas in the NFL this season unfolded on the field, not off of it. And any thought that the league was in jeopardy of losing its spot as America's favorite sport has been set on the back burner. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)
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After a disappointing 2019 season, Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is ready to bounce back in 2020.

Browns general manager Andrew Berry said Mayfield returned to the team in "terrific shape" during a conference call Tuesday:

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"Baker has really been outstanding this entire spring and summer—level of engagement with the coaching staff, getting up to speed mentally with the system and his interaction with his teammates," Berry added, per Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com.

After a promising rookie season, Mayfield saw his passer rating drop from 93.7 to 78.8 in his second year. The Browns struggled to a 6-10 record despite entering the year with massive expectations.

One of the team's biggest issues was turnovers, as Mayfield's 21 interceptions were the second-most in the NFL.

The 25-year-old has been more focused this offseason to try to turn things around, including limiting interviews and public appearances compared to past years.

"It's just time to work, do our thing, instead of talking about it," he said in May, per Jake Trotter of ESPN.

It seems the coaching staff and front office have noticed as Mayfield tries to live up to expectations as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 draft.

New head coach Kevin Stefanski will hope the Oklahoma product can be the difference as the organization tries to earn its first playoff appearance since 2002.