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Mayfield huddles Browns teammates in Texas for workouts

Baker Mayfield, Nick Bosa
Posted at 9:04 PM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-14 21:04:37-04

CLEVELAND — Baker Mayfield isn’t waiting around for the NFL to re-open facilities.

Cleveland’s quarterback invited several of his Browns teammates, including tight end David Njoku and wide receiver Rashard Higgins, to work out with him in Texas during the COVID-19 shutdown.

Like the rest of the league, the Browns haven’t been able to conduct any of their organized off-season program because of the virus outbreak.

The league recently extended virtual workouts through May 29.

Mayfield is looking to bounce back after struggling last season, when the Browns buckled under huge expectations and finished 6-10. Mayfield, who broke the league rookie touchdown record in 2018, threw 22 TD passes last season but also 21 interceptions.

Njoku and Higgins both had good chemistry with Mayfield during his rookie season.

First-year Browns coach Kevin Stefanski has been conducting virtual meetings with his new players, who are having to learn their playbooks as well as offensive and defensive systems from afar.

It’s gone about as well as Stefanski could have hoped.

“Players, young people are a resilient bunch and I think they learn under these unique circumstances,” Stefanski said. “I think they’re better equipped to do this than maybe any other generation. They’re so attuned to the technological aspect of this whole thing. Our coaches are really attacking this and I think there’s a lot of learning that’s going on right now. The feedback I’ve gotten from the guys is very positive.”

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BROWNS 2020 SCHEDULE

Preseason

WEEK 1 · Aug. 13-17 · At Chicago Bears - CANCELED

WEEK 2 · Aug. 20-24 · At Green Bay Packers - CANCELED

WEEK 3 · Aug. 30 · Minnesota Vikings - CANCELED

WEEK 4 · Sep. 3-4 · Tampa Bay Buccaneers - CANCELED

Regular Season

WEEK 1 · L · Sun 9/13 · Baltimore Ravens - 38, Browns - 6

WEEK 2 · W · Thu 9/17 · Browns 35, Cincinnati Bengals - 30

WEEK 3 · W · Sun 9/27 · Browns - 34, Washington Football Team - 20

WEEK 4 · W · Sun 10/4 · Dallas Cowboys - 38, Browns - 49

WEEK 5 · W · Sun 10/11 · Browns - 32, Indianapolis Colts - 23

WEEK 6 · L · Sun 10/18 · Pittsburgh Steelers - 38, Browns - 7

WEEK 7 · W · Sun 10/25 · Cincinnati Bengals - 34, Browns - 37

WEEK 8 · L · Sun 11/1 · Browns - 6, Las Vegas Raiders - 16

WEEK 9 · BYE

WEEK 10 · W · Sun 11/15 · Browns - 10, Houston Texans - 7

WEEK 11 · W · Sun 11/22 · Browns - 22, Philadelphia Eagles - 17

WEEK 12 · W · Sun 11/29 · Jacksonville Jaguars - 25, Browns - 27

WEEK 13 · W · Sun 12/6 · Tennessee Titans - 35, Browns - 41

WEEK 14 · L · Mon 12/14 · Browns - 42, Baltimore Ravens - 47

WEEK 15 · W · Sun 12/20 · Browns - 20, New York Giants 6

WEEK 16 · L · Sun 12/27 · Browns - 16, New York Jets 23

WEEK 17 · W · Sun 1/3 · Browns 24, Pittsburgh Steelers 22

Post-season

NFL Wild Card Round - W · Sun 1/10, Browns 48, Steelers 37

NFL Divisional Round · Sun, 1/17, 3:05 p.m. at Kansas City Chiefs (CBS)