You are probably familiar with Baker Mayfield’s breaking of the rookie QB touchdown record back in 2018. And the subsequent breaking of that record by Justin Herbert in 2020. But did you know that Baker still holds two other records?
Considering the sheer volume of “Baker Hate” coming out of the Cleveland sports media these days, you can be forgiven for being unaware that Baker has an elite arm. In fact, many Baker-haters criticize him for having a mediocre, or even a weak arm. Those people are idiots.
On October 17, 2021, Baker Mayfield threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to Donovan Peoples-Jones. Accord to the NFL’s Next Gen Stats system, the ball traveled 66.4 yards in the air, the longest completed pass (by 2 yards) since Next Gen Stats began operations in 2016.
Holy smokes. Baker Mayfield launches a Hail Mary and Donovan Peoples-Jones comes down with it! pic.twitter.com/EucELAu2lq
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) October 17, 2021
On December 14, 2020, Baker thew an incomplete pass 70.5 yards in the air. Pro Football Focus says that was the longest throw they have ever seen. (PFF started tracking the NFL in 2006.)
It was 34 degrees in Cleveland that day, and cold balls don’t sail as far as warm balls. However, there was also an 18mph wind, which was probably at Baker’s back. Nevertheless, Cleveland isn’t the only place with wind, and the record stands.
Could Patrick Mahomes break these records? Probably, but so far, Baker is the man.
But wait! There’s more! Madden NFL 22 has Baker tied for third place in “Quarterback Throw Power” with Matthew Stafford and Aaron Rodgers. That’s good company, no?
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 30, 2021
And finally, I can’t find a link for it, but if memory serves, it was back in 2018 during Baker’s rookie year when the Browns’ receivers complained that Baker was throwing the ball too hard.
Note to Baker-Haters: keep in mind that Baker had surgery on his non-throwing arm. His throwing arm is just fine, and more than capable of making you look like a fool during the 2022 season. Baker will be 100% by opening day with a massive chip on his shoulder. Imagine if he lands with a team that plays in a dome, while Deshaun Watson has to play on the frozen tundra of Cleveberg. Could Baker deliver more bang-for-the-buck than Watson? Maybe so. You Baker-Haters should start backpedaling immediately; you are way out over your skies and in danger of faceplanting.