Browns Notes: Baker Mayfield named AFC Offensive Player of the Week

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – Baker Mayfield’s record-setting performance against the Bengals earned him AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors.

Mayfield completed a franchise record 21 consecutive passes and threw a franchise record tying 5 touchdowns, including the game winner with 11 seconds remaining, in Sunday’s 37-34 win at Cincinnati.

“I’ve always thought that individual accolades are a representation of the team, especially the offense,” Mayfield said. “That one goes for everybody making good plays and doing what was necessary for us to win.”

It marks the second time Mayfield has won the award in his career. He won it in Week 16 of the 2018 season.

“Anytime you get recognized like that I think it’s great for the guys,” head coach Kevin Stefanski said. “I’m sure Baker would say this, you get recognized individually but you really got to share in that with the rest of your team. Just thinking about the catches that guys made in that game – contested catches, Rashard [Higgins] high-pointing one at the end, David Njoku’s catch in the end zone. It takes those guys to have a quarterback have the numbers he had. Great individual award. Happy for baker but I think it’s also a testament to the entire group.”

Following an 0-5 with an interception start in the first quarter against the Bengals, Mayfield’s lone incompletion over the final three quarters was a spike with 16 seconds remaining to stop the clock and allow time to throw a 24-yard touchdowns to rookie receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones.

Mayfield, who led the Browns to touchdowns on each of their second half possessions, finished the game 22 of 28 for 297 yards, five touchdowns, an interception and a 135.6 rating.

“To me, that’s what we expect to do efficiency wise in finding those matchups and executing,” Mayfield said. “We know there’s going to be a lot more ups and downs in games but that’s what we dealt with, so we expect to be able to adjust.

“I wouldn’t necessarily say it builds a ton of confidence. To us, that’s the expectation.”

Building confidence off the performance has been a conversation that has followed since Sunday.

“I hope all of our players gain confidence when you get a W,” Stefanski said. “In the fashion we did, obviously there for Baker and being as efficient as he was, you always hope to build off those type of things, but I don’t think Baker lacks for confidence.”

He became the first Browns quarterback to throw three fourth quarter touchdown passes since Dave Mays on Nov. 13, 1977.

Mayfield’s award is the second Player of the Week honor for the Browns. Defensive end Myles Garrett won Defensive Player of the Week for Week 4.

Ready to Roll – Center JC Tretter does not expect to miss time after suffering a knee injury in Cincinnati.

Tretter underwent an MRI and the news was apparently good.

“We feel good about the results,” Tretter said.

Tretter, who went down on the same play Odell Beckham Jr. suffered a torn ACL, was examined in the medical tent but did not miss a snap.

Garrett Idle – Defensive end Myles Garrett did not practice Wednesday due to an ankle injury. Stefanski did not get into specifics or the severity but the hope is that Garrett will practice this week.

“Just being cautious,” Stefanski said before practice.

Garrett leads the NFL with 9.0 sacks this season and has recorded a sack in six straight games, a franchise record. 

Designated to return – As expected receiver KhaDarel Hodge was designated to return from injured reserve Wednesday.

Hodge has been sidelined with a hamstring injury suffered during warmups prior to their game against Dallas Oct. 4.

Stefanski expects him to be available Sunday against the Raiders.

So, You’re Telling Me There’s a Chance – Stefanski hinted Monday that Nick Chubb’s return could be near and Wednesday he said it could be as early as the Texans game Nov. 15.

“That's a possibility, yes,” Stefanski said.

Chubb was placed on injured reserve after spraining his MCL Oct.
4 at Dallas.

New Representation – The NFLPA announced the Browns player representatives Wednesday.

Long snapper Charley Hughlett is this year’s player representative. Defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi, left guard Joel Bitonio and defensive end Myles Garrett are the alternates.

Center JC Tretter of course is the President of the NFLPA.

Injury Report – DNP: DE Myles Garrett (ankle), TE Austin Hooper (abdomen), C JC Tretter (knee), RG Wyatt Teller (calf) & LB Jordan Phillips (knee); LIMITED: RT Jack Conklin (knee), RB Kareem Hunt (ribs), WR Jarvis Landry (hip/ribs), Larry Ogunjobi (hamstring)

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