Scout's Takes: Why Mayfield, Smith-Schuster are struggling – Yardbarker

Former NFL scout Matt Williamson writes about the league from an X’s and O’s perspective. In his weekly column, he explains why five players who performed well in 2018 have slipped this season. Baker Mayfield, Browns quarterback Cleveland’s offense is in major disarray. The Browns are 25th in the NFL in points per game (18.4), and first-year head coach Freddie Kitchens, the Browns’ running back coach at this time last season, seems to be in over his head.  What’s especially interesting is how teams defense the Browns. Mayfield excelled in college and last season as a rookie when a play broke down or when he threw from outside the pocket. This season, teams are scheming ways to keep him in the pocket, where the 6-foot-1 Mayfield struggles to see the field because of all the big bodies in front of him. Making the issue even worse is that it’s painfully obvious Mayfield doesn’t trust his offensive line, which is among the worst in the league. Sometimes he see “ghosts” — that’s scout’s-speak for perceiving pres

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