Can Baker continue to play accidentally free football against the Mayfield Chiefs? Hey Mary Kay!
KANSAS CITY – Hey, in this version of Mary Kay! I answer questions about Baker Mayfield, Denzel Ward, David Njoku and more.
Hey Mary Kay: Can Baker Mayfield continue to play football by mistake? – Sean N., Chicago, Ill.
Hey Sean: Mayfield’s lack of interceptions in the last 10 games is a big reason the Brons are playing for a chance to go to the AFC Championship Game on Sunday. He has thrown 14 touchdowns against just one interception in that period, and the Browns are 7-3 in the Wild Card game on the Steel Cards, including last week’s pick-free 48-37 win. However, the mains had the second-most blocking with 16 in the NFL, including six by Tyron Matthews for third in the NFL. If Mayfield threw the pix, the Brons would have a hard time winning the game. If he does not, they will have a good chance as winning the turnover battle is important. Mayfield has learned to take a checkdown and throw the ball. He is not forcing it and he is going through his progress and figuring out an open man or one-on-one matchup. He has mastered Kevin Stefanski’s play-action, wide-zone scheme, and is gaining more and more confidence every week. The offensive line should give him plenty of time to throw, but he will have to be on the lookout for Matthew.
Hey Mary Kay: Will Kansas City and Kevin Johnson for an entire game in Kansas City? – Ben Jones, Macon, Ga.
Hey Ben: Ward and Johnson practiced staying away from COVID-19 this week, but they would not know how their conditioning or air would be until they were playing there. Miles Garrett did not know she would struggle until she tried to play almost the entire game for the first time. Now, Brown knows to supervise him, and will do the same for Ward, Johnson, Joel Bitonio and Khadel Hodge. Fortunately for the Browns, they have other defensive backs such as MJ Stewart who have gained a lot of valuable reps over the past few months and will be ready to step in as needed. Of course, Stewart has made game-changing interceptions in each of the last two games, so the revolving door in the back end proved beneficial in the long run.
Hey Mary Kay: What is the outlook or prognosis for the future of Greedy Williams – Tom Engle, Ruskin, Fla.
Hey Tom: Williams is still recovering from nerve damage in his shoulder, and hopes to return next season. Brown seems optimistic that he will be, but it just depends on nerve regeneration. It has been five months, and it has not responded as expected. Brown needs to have a good Plan B, which may include re-signing Terence Mitchell. They will likely look for an early caliber cornerback in the draft, free agency or a trade.
Hey Mary Kay: This Brown’s team is so special. The odds have been piled up against him throughout the season and they are yet to find work. Do you think they have enough left to defeat the Super Bowl champs? Will Jack Conklin return for this game? Thank you Mary Kaye! You have been amazing to cover this special team! Browse – Jeffrey Lerner, Avon, Ohio #plantthebrownsflag –
Hey Jeff: Thank you! And thanks for all your great questions all season. Yes, I think the Browns have a good chance of defeating the Chiefs if they play a clean game and if Mayfield does not throw interceptions. As noted above, the Chiefs are tied for the second-most interceptions in the NFL with 16, including six by Tyrann Matthews. If Mayfield can survive the Picks and the Browns play an otherwise mostly mistake-free game, they can win and win a trip to Buffalo for the AFC Championship Game against the Bills. I feel this way for many reasons, with the Browns being the great in the red zone and the worst red zone defense major in the NFL. Brown attacked the No. 3 crowd against his 21st-ranked defense. But if Patrick Mahomes himself has a wonderful, mistake-free game, he will be difficult to defeat.
Hey Mary Kay: Can we expect Jedrick Wills Jr., Joel Bitonio, Jesse Trettor, Wyatt Taylor and Jack Konklin to start Sunday? If yes, what are their limits? – Andrew Spranger, Amherst, Ohio
Hey Andrew The Browns will have their starting offensive line for the game, and if they win, it will be due in large part to its performance. Joel Bitonio is coming off the COVID-19 list, but he said he was not ill, and should be cured. Jack Conklin practiced on Wednesday and Thursday with his hamstring injury, but returned on a limited basis on Friday. Conklin will not be 100%, but it must be healthy so that work can be completed.
Hey Mary Kay: Where are we with keeping David Njoku? I never heard why he wants to leave, what is his contract status? Thanks and Go Brown! – Populjoy, St. Louis, Mo.
Hey Pop: The Brons opted for Njoku’s fifth-year option for $ 6.013 million in 2021, but are not guaranteed and will only remain on the team if both sides determine that it is the best thing for both sides. Njoku, who wanted to be traded before the season and then rescinded his request, finished seventh on the team with just 19 receptions for 213 yards and two TDs. Njoku and Baker Mayfield were seen disagreeing on the sideline in the season finale against Pittsburgh over whether Njoku was open for TD passes. The tight end stumbled, but then regained its footing, but Mayfield had already looked for Jarvis Landry at that point, and found him in the final zone for a TD. My guess is that Njoku would still like the chance to go elsewhere and contribute more.
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