Cleveland Browns Coach Kevin Stefanski gives Baker Mayfield, Odell Beckham Jr. Update

October 18, 2020 6:10 am

Kevin Stefanski’s tenure with the Cleveland Browns started on a sour note with a humbling 6-38 loss at the hands of the Lamar Jackson-led Baltimore Ravens.

However, they’ve gone on to win the next four games on the trot. Star quarterback Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham Jr., Myles Garrett, Jarvis Landry, Nick Chubb, and Kareem Hunt were all impressive over the last month.

However, Mayfield and Beckham are listed as ‘questionable’ for Sunday’s crucial clash against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Baker is dealing with a chest injury while OBJ is down with an unspecified ‘illness’.

Here’s what Head Coach Kevin Stefanski had to say regarding the ‘availability’ of both players for the upcoming Week Six clash.

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Cleveland Browns coach expects quarterback Baker Mayfield to start

Cleveland Browns’ Head Coach, Kevin Stefanski, addressed the media in a recent interview. The first-year frontman spoke about the recent COVID-19 scare across various NFL teams, including his own.

Star quarterback, Baker Mayfield, was dealing with a chest injury over the past week. But Stefanski added that Mayfield could still start on Sunday against the Steelers.

“With Baker, I think he is trending in the right direction, but we have to make sure that we are safe with this as this goes and use all these hours for treatment and see how he responds.

“With Odell, he is still out of the building. Another negative test tomorrow, he is back in the building, and we will work through all the travel protocols. Like you mentioned, I think we are going to think through all options.

Sep 17, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) runs for a first down during the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

“He was out here Wednesday and got some good work in Wednesday. He has been in meetings virtually. (Pass game coordinator/wide receivers) Coach (Chad) O’Shea is going to spend extra time with him in those meetings.

“If all goes according to plan for tomorrow, you spend even more time and you spend even more walkthrough time. I think there is enough time to catch him up, barring his health,” Stefanski told the media.

Could Case Keenum make a surprise appearance on Sunday?

Coach Stefanski already has a ‘Plan-B’ to go with, in the worst-case scenario that Mayfield is unfit to start on the weekend, backup quarterback, Case Keenum, is more than ready to chip in declared the Browns coach.

“I think you know I am going to go with this one – I will not speculate if the game was today; it is on Sunday. Case does a great job as a backup, provides great support in that meeting room and does whatever is asked of him out there on the practice field. He plays a big role every week for us,” Stefanski added.

The Steelers remain unbeaten after four games. They outplayed the Philadelphia Eagles in Week Five by a 38-29 scoreline. Ben Roethlisberger will be looking to extend that winning run to five as the Pittsburgh-based franchise aim to make the Playoffs in 2020.

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Daniel Arambur

Daniel Arambur is an NFL journalist for EssentiallySports who is an admirer of the old guard in Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. He believes the latter has one more Super Bowl left in him before he bows out for good. Daniel bills Patrick Mahomes as one of the best up-and-coming quarterbacks in the league.

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