The Browns quarterback room should be thrilled, heading into 2019. New Weapons and offensive line help have seen to that.
Browns’ fans and brass expected more from Baker in his second year with the team as you can see it did not happen. The offense looked out of sync all season, even with multiple weapons in place. Based on what we have heard, it seems a lot of this is on Freddie Kitchens, but Baker has to be better. His accuracy was a bit off all year, even when given time to make the throw. As the season went on and the line issues continued, he would leave the pocket to make a play even when the line held up. Those happy feet caused poor throws and interceptions, costing the Browns a few games. So, what can we expect from Baker in 2020?
The most obvious answer is nobody knows. Baker will have a new head coach in Kevin Stefanski, his third in three years, and an entirely new system to learn. Baker has also been instructed by new offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt to change his footwork. The example given is changing his lead foot from his right to his left for more fluidity in his three-step drop. With all the changes, it could be challenging on the third-year quarterback to take the next step in his development. The Browns hope to guard against that with a coach they feel can simplify things and giving him more talent that nearly any quarterback in the NFL to work with.
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The Browns offense already had more weapons than most with Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry. Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt, Rashard Higgins, and David Njoku. It is hard to make excuses for the lack of success this team had last season, but the offensive line was a big one. So new general manager Andrew Berry went to work fixing it with free-agent tackle Jack Conklin to sure up the right side. He would also add the best tight end in free agency, Austin Hooper, as another weapon for Mayfield. Berry wasn’t done adding offensive talent yet. He would draft Jedrick Wills Jr. to man the left side of the line and pick up another talented tight end in Harrison Bryant, creating maybe the deepest tight end group in the NFL. All the excuses are gone; it is now up to Baker to put in the work and become a superstar.
Keenum was given a three year $18 million deal ($10 million guaranteed) to back up Baker Mayfield. Keenum brings a veteran presence to the quarterback room, and he has ties with Kevin Stefanski from their time with the Vikings. All of this is extremely valuable to a first-year head coach. He also brings the ability to manage a football game should Baker end up getting hurt at some point during the season. With 62 games started under his belt, he is a safety blanket for both the coaching staff and the front office. This signing was a great move by Berry and Stefanski to sure up their quarterback room.
Garrett ended up getting three snaps all season as the backup to Mayfield. Those three snaps would be kneel-downs to end games. Garrett shined in the 2019 preseason to win the backup job over veteran Drew Stanton. He comes into camp if he makes it to camp, in 2020 with a new front office and fighting for a roster spot as the number three quarterback on the depth chart. The more likely scenario is the front office will want their developmental quarterback and either cut him before camp or trade him for a lower round pick at some point before the season starts.
Davidson is the man that could take Garrett’s job. Andrew Berry signed the former Princeton quarterback as an undrafted free agent. Based on his number at Princeton Davidson is an intelligent quarterback who limits mistakes. If he sticks it will likely be on the practice squad. More than likely he is a camp arm that gets shipped out before the season starts.
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