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Baker Mayfield named NFL Rookie of Year by Pro Football Writers of America

Baker Mayfield lived up to his draft status in his first season.

Mayfield, the No. 1 pick of the Browns, was named NFL Rookie of the Year in voting by the Pro Football Writers of America, the organization announced Tuesday.

Cornerback Denzel Ward, the No. 4 pick, was also named to the All-Rookie team.

Mayfield will look to add to his trophy case again when the official Offensive and Defensive Rookies of the Year are announced Feb. 2, the night before the Super Bowl.


Mayfield completed 63.8 percent of his passes for 3,725 yards and 27 touchdowns, which set an NFL rookie record. The yards were the most for a rookie in Browns history and sixth among NFL rookies all time.

He threw a touchdown in all 13 of his starts, becoming the third player in NFL history to do so in his first 10 games. He led all rookies in passing yards, touchdowns, completion percentage and passer rating (93.7).

Mayfield threw three touchdowns in the finale in Baltimore to eclipse the rookie record of 26 held by Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson.

Ward had three interceptions, two fumble recoveries and 11 pass breakups in 13 games. He missed three of the final four with a pair of concussions. He was voted to the Pro Bowl last month.

Giants running back Saquon Barkley, the No. 2 pick, was voted Offensive Rookie of the Year after totaling 2,028 scrimmage yards and 20 touchdowns. He rushed for 1,307 yards and caught 91 passes for 721.

Barkley is Mayfield’s greatest competition for the “official” offensive rookie award.

Colts linebacker Darius Leonard was named Defensive Rookie of the Year by the PFWA.

Denver’s Phillip Lindsay joined Barkley on the All-Rookie team at running back, beating out Cleveland’s Nick Chubb. Lindsay rushed for 1,037 yards, a 5.4 average and nine touchdowns. Chubb rushed for 996 yards, a 5.2 average and eight touchdowns.

Cleveland’s second-year defensive end Myles Garrett was named to the PFWA’s All-AFC team. He had 13.5 sacks and was voted a Pro Bowl starter and second-team All-Pro.

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