Mayfield says he 'failed' Browns in loss to Jets

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Following Sunday’s loss to the New York Jets, which prevented the Cleveland Browns from clinching a playoff berth, quarterback Baker Mayfield said he “failed the team” after fumbling three times.

“Plain and simple, I have to hold on to the damn ball,” said Mayfield, who fumbled on Cleveland’s final two drives, allowing the Jets to hold on for the 23-16 victory at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. “We had exactly what we needed to win this game. And I didn’t do good enough. That’s it.”

Because of contact tracing from a player testing positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, the Browns had to play without their top four wide receivers. In their place, Cleveland instead had to rely on practice squad call-ups Ja’Marcus Bradley and Derrick Willies, along with Marvin Hall, who was claimed off waivers earlier this month.

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Without their regular receivers, including Jarvis Landry, and starting linemen Jedrick Wills Jr. (illness) and Wyatt Teller (ankle), the Browns struggled offensively throughout the day.

Facing a stacked box as a result, running backs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt averaged only 0.3 yards before contact, according to ESPN Stats

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