Baker Mayfield will start third on Browns’ depth chart

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Baker Mayfield was the No. 1 overall draft choice, but the Oklahoma quarterback will start his career No. 3 on the depth chart.

Coach Hue Jackson told reporters in Cleveland that the Browns will list Tyrod Taylor and Drew Stanton ahead of Mayfield, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Jackson reiterated that Taylor is the starter for 2018, adding the Browns will resist the temptation to throw Mayfield into the fire “too soon.”

Mayfield’s biggest adjustment will come in learning to play under center, Jackson said. The Heisman Trophy winner played 95 percent of his college snaps in the shotgun but will play only 60-70 percent in the shotgun in the NFL, per Cabot.

Mayfield said at the combine he wasn’t “going to settle for the backup job.” But after the Browns drafted him, Mayfield said he understood why the Browns have named Taylor the starter.

“I know exactly what they said, and exactly why they said that,” Mayfield said, via quotes distributed by the team. “That is a veteran that has been in the league, a guy that I can sit behind and learn from. When I say those types of things, it is because I am competitive. If I came in with the mindset of just being happy that I got drafted and just to settle for a backup job, that wouldn’t be myself. I am going to come in and compete but also with the hunger to learn from a guy that has been in the league that has seen things that I haven’t seen.”

6 responses to “Baker Mayfield will start third on Browns’ depth chart

  1. Oh my God enough. Every time a QB is drafted high teams play this game. He will be the starter

  2. thehaljordanproject says:
    April 28, 2018 at 5:14 pm
    Oh my God enough. Every time a QB is drafted high teams play this game. He will be the starter


    And 99% of the time when a team says it that guy is on the bench when the season starts just like they say and the media cries about it. Seriously… look it up.

    The thing is with this one the Browns kind of tipped their hat on how they tanked the last two years as all of a sudden the team that played rookies as starters the last two seasons earning them a 1-31 record with the 1 win being when a vet was starting all of a sudden is the one pointing out how you should never do the thing they purposely did because of the result they knew would happen when they did it.

  3. I hope that no matter how good he looks in camp, pre season, running the scout team, and no matter if the bottom falls out for Tryod and the press and fans all start chanting his name, they stay disciplined and keep his butt squarely planted on bench on game day for all 16 games of 2018. He needs it. We need it. If this is to work, the best possible chance of that is if they keep him out of the line of fire this year. Hate to say it but this year is another lost year unless Tryod is reborn. I pray for that more than anything if for no other reason than this kid hits the ground running with a team that is at least decent and moving in the right direction.

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