Kevin Stefanski has high hopes for Baker Mayfield in 2021 based on his improvement over the second half of last season.
“I wouldn’t put any parameters on any of our guys when it comes to their trajectory,’' Stefanski said during a Zoom conference on Tuesday. “I would just tell you that I know he can continue to get better. He’s another person who’s eager to get better. He’s chomping at the bit.
“When he walks in this building or we virtually see him next, we’ll make sure that we outline some things that he can improve on. I think you all know this about Baker, he works really, really hard at his craft. When you do that, you have a chance.”
Over the final 12 games of the season including playoffs, Mayfield threw 20 touchdowns against only two interceptions following that fateful pick on his first pass of the Bengals game that resulted in a torn ACL for Odell Beckham. In fact, Mayfield was the second-highest rated quarterback in the NFL from Week 7 on, according to profootballfocus.com.
Mayfield, who went 11-5 and 1-1 in the playoffs, finished the season ranked No. 15 in the NFL with a 95.9 rating, up from 31st in 2019 with a 78.8 mark. He trimmed his interceptions from 21 for second-most in 2019 to eight in 2020, tied for seventh-fewest.