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Browns QB Baker Mayfield named Rookie of the Year by Pro Football Writers of America

Baker Mayfield took home his first of what could be a handful of Rookie of the Year awards Tuesday.

The Browns rookie quarterback was named Rookie of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America. He beat out the likes of Giants running back Saquon Barkley and Colts linebacker Darius Leonard, who were respectively named Offensive Rookie of the Year and Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Mayfield was one of two Browns to make PFWA's All-Rookie team, joining defensive back and fellow first-round selection Denzel Ward. Defensive end Myles Garrett made PFWA's All-AFC team.

Mayfield, the top pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, took home seven Rookie of the Week awards in a season that saw him break numerous Browns records and one big NFL milestone. Mayfield threw for 3,725 yards -- most ever by a Browns rookie and sixth-most in NFL history -- and 27 touchdowns -- most ever by an NFL rookie. He won NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month in November and was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 16. He became just the third player in NFL history to throw at least one touchdown pass in each of his first 10 career starts and enters 2019 with a streak of 13 consecutive games.

Mayfield is one of five finalists for the NFL's fan-voted Rookie of the Year award, joining Browns running back Nick Chubb, Barkley, Leonard and Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay.