Cleveland Browns general manager Andrew Berry has faith that quarterback Baker Mayfield will bounce back in 2022.
After making the playoffs last year, the Cleveland Browns missed out on the opportunity after finishing the season 8-9. Now, they move onto the 2022 league year, and all eyes will be on the quarterback situation.
General manager Andrew Berry spoke to the media on Tuesday and expressed his belief that Baker Mayfield will bounce back in the 2022 season.
“It’s easy to forget at this point of the year what we’ve seen with Baker over the past several years,” Berry said, via ESPN’s Jake Trotter. “We’ve been with Baker for a long period — we know his work ethic, we know his drive, we’ve seen him [be] a talented passer in this league, and we’re looking forward to him getting healthy and continue to make improvements.”
Browns expect Baker Mayfield to bounce back in 2022
Back in Week 2, the quarterback suffered a torn labrum in his left shoulder when attempting to make a tackle following a thrown interception against the Houston Texans. Mayfield opted against surgery throughout the season, wearing a harness on the shoulder in question. It was not until the team was eliminated from playoff contention after Week 17 when Mayfield was shut down, as he is set to undergo offseason surgery.
In 14 games this season, the 2018 first-overall pick completed 60.5-percent of his passes for 3,010 yards, 17 touchdowns and 13 interceptions, while holding a 6-8 record as a starter.
Prior to this season, Mayfield was coming off an impressive year where his play contributed to the Browns making the playoffs for the first time since 2002. Not only that, but his 263 yards and three-touchdown performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wild Card Round helped the Browns win their first playoff game since 1994.
Berry expects Mayfield to have a bounce-back season in 2022, which just so happens to be his final year under contract before becoming an unrestricted free agent.