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Who was the Browns’ most improved player in 2020?

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Browns improved a lot from 2019 to 2020, and while additions to the team certainly helped, some holdovers from the previous season raised their game.

Which brings us to the second category in our 2020 Browns awards: most improved player.

Baker Mayfield seems like an obvious candidate. He raised his completion percentage, touchdowns and passer rating from 2019 while dropping his interceptions from 21 to eight. Even if you just consider the 2020 season, Mayfield showed improvement from the first half (61.4 completion percentage, 15 TD, 7 INT) to the second half (63.9 completion percentage, 11 TD, 1 INT).

There’s also Wyatt Teller, who was Pro Football Focus’ top-ranked offensive lineman a year after ranking 64th just among guards during his nine starts. Olivier Vernon, like Mayfield, improved over the course of the season. He had all nine of his sacks between Week 8 and Week 17 (he had 3.5 sacks in 2019).

We nominated and voted on eight awards on recent episodes of the Orange and Brown Talk Podcast. We’ll tell you who won in a series of posts on cleveland.com this week. You can check out the pods below. Also, you can vote on who you think should have won, too.

Mary Kay Cabot, Doug Lesmerises, Dan Labbe, Ellis Williams and I all participated in the awards podcasts. In the case of ties, Cabot weighed the evidence and decided the winner.

Here’s how the voting went:

Nominees: Teller (Patsko, Cabot); Mayfield (Lesmerises, Labbe); Vernon (Williams).

The vote: After further deliberation, Mayfield was named most improved.

(Don’t see the poll? Click here to vote.)

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