“Baker is our quarterback,” Berry said. “He’s healthy enough to win games for us. If he’s ready to go, he’ll be our start. “
Mayfield has struggled at times this season while battling a variety of injuries, including a torn labrum to his left shoulder that hasn’t pitched since Week 2. He ranks 26th in QBR with a score of 37.9, well below from its 2020 level (66.5).
The Browns (6-6) have only scored more than 17 points once since October 10. Coach Kevin Stefanski said after a 16-10 loss to AFC North rivals the Baltimore Ravens that he would not consider a quarterback change.
“We all know Baker is incredibly strong physically,” Berry said. “He had stretches where he played well. “
Mayfield, who was the No.1 selection in the 2018 draft, is under contract until the 2022 season after his fifth-year option was chosen by the team during the offseason.
Mayfield, however, is also eligible for the expansion. Berry declined to talk about Mayfield’s contract status, but said any assessment would not be based solely on his performance this season. Last year, Mayfield led the Browns to their first playoff victory in 26 years while also finishing in the top 10 in the QBR.
“With Baker, from a long-term perspective, you’re trying to get the big picture,” Berry said. “With any player, it’s all about the work over several years. We have seen Baker playing good football here and playing good football this season.
“There will be a lot of time to think about how we’re going to build the roster next year. At the moment we are focused on doing everything in our power to maximize this current season. ”