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Through 11 games in 2021, the 6–5 Cleveland Browns have already matched their loss total from all of last season (11–5).
The city of Cleveland’s short-term memory, forgetting the lineage of losing that led up to the exceptional 2020–21 season, is placing its hefty expectations on fourth-year quarterback Baker Mayfield amid a contract season.
Mayfield finished the Browns’ latest victory, coming against a winless Detroit Lions team, completing 15 of 29 passes for 176 yards and a touchdown. On the season, Baker is completing 64 percent of his passes to accompany 10 touchdowns, six interceptions and 2,166 passing yards.
Former Saints quarterback Drew Brees became a comparison figure for Baker along the Sooner’s process to getting drafted No. 1 overall in 2018. Essentially because of the height, but also showing some similarities in tenacity — both mentally and physically.
The retiree-turned-broadcaster gave the struggling Baker some encouragement during an interview on Tuesday after facing plenty of obstacles himself throughout 20 years in the League.
“For Baker, listen, I know what it’s like to have some of those injuries,” Brees said. “Probably had a lot of the same injuries that he’s d …
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