The Cleveland Browns entered the 2019 NFL season as a legitimate playoff contender. Well, that's if you want to believe the betting lines put up by Las Vegas and other bookmakers from around the country.
However, the team struggled to a 6-10 record - including a loss in the final game of the season to the then-one win Cincinnati Bengals. Quarterback Baker Mayfield took a significant step back from his 2018 season when he set the rookie record for passing touchdowns.
Mayfield completed fewer than 60-percent of his passes while throwing 22 touchdowns to 21 interceptions. All things considered, it was a terrible year for Baker and the Browns - who enter the 2020 season with a new head coach and general manager.
As the team gears up for 2020, NFL insider Ian Rapoport suggested Mayfield will make a significant change. According to Rapoport, Mayfield plans to slim down heading into 2020.
"From what I understand, he put on some weight last year to bulk up and lost some quickness," Rapoport reported. "His plan is to be slimmer and faster this year, with an emphasis on being in better shape."
Mayfield was the 7th-most sacked quarterback in the NFL during the 2019 season.
Trimming down should help him escape the pocket with a little more success during the 2020 campaign.
Can he and the Browns finally turn things around?