3rd NFC North
Grade : B+
Cleveland was by far the most improved team in the league this season. Coming off of a winless 2017-18 campaign, the Browns took a risk, drafting Baker Mayfield with the #1 overall pick. Cleveland hasn’t looked back since, with Mayfield going 7-8-1 in his rookie season. These are positive signs if you are the Browns, who have had more different starting quarterbacks than you can count on two hands in just the past 5 seasons. Nick Chubb has proven to be a second round steal as well, with the rookie rushing for 996 yards and 8 TD in his rookie season.
Offensive MVP :
Browns fans might begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel in 2019. It seems as if there is a new style of offense that is coming to the forefront of the league, and the Browns are with the trend. Baker Mayfield has the ability to make plays with his arm or his feet, along with a combination of the two. Mayfield showed countless times that he had the ability to throw on the run, a skillset that is beginning to be a weapon in a dangerous QBs’ arsenal. Aaron Rodgers has been the master of this type of throw in the recent past, but young, athletic quarterbacks like Mayfield and Mahomes are beginning to implement the skill more and more each year. Mayfield threw for 3,725 yards with 27 touchdowns and 14 Interceptions his rookie season.
Defensive MVP :
The second year defensive end had his breakout season this season, racking up 13.5 sacks, ranking him 7th in the league. Garrett was a difference maker this season, forcing 3 fumbles and collecting 45 tackles. Garrett was able to follow up his solid rookie season with an even better second year, making the Browns one of the young, talented teams to look out for in 2019-20.
2019-20 Season Outlook
With the young talent coming through for Cleveland, the Browns will be optimistic heading into 2019-20, with a playoff appearance not out of the question.
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