Baker Mayfield: If I’m the backup I’ll try to be the best backup

AP

The Browns made Baker Mayfield the first overall pick in the NFL draft, but they made Tyrod Taylor their starting quarterback. Mayfield says he can live with that.

Mayfield said at the Browns’ minicamp that he understands that he has a role on the team before he’s the starting quarterback, and that role is to help the team get better from a spot other than No. 1 on the depth chart.

“I wasn’t brought here to just start,” Mayfield said. “I was brought here to help turn things around. Whatever my role is, that’s what I’ll do. Whether that’s to run the scout team or be the best backup possible or playing. I need to be prepared for when I do get my shot to play. Other than that I’ll keep getting better and contribute to this team.”

The Browns have indicated that they want Taylor to start as long as possible, and Mayfield to get some time to develop. That may mean Taylor, who’s going into the last year of his contract, starts for all of 2018 before Mayfield gets the job in 2019. Mayfield sounds like he’ll be OK with that.

27 responses to “Baker Mayfield: If I’m the backup I’ll try to be the best backup

  1. BOOMER SOONER!!! pulling for you Baker, you’re saying all the right things, just keep your head down and keep your eye on the end game

  2. Not a Browns fan but I will say I’m quite interested to see if the Browns will find a way to capitalize in the infusion of talent this year. A .500 season this year might be a reasonable expectation for these guys if Hue does his job.

  3. He is making the right noises. That is what he should say. So far so good. I wish him well. I’d like to see Cleveland put together a handful of seasons over .500

  4. Sounds like he has the right team attitude. In other news, Andrew Luck ate an ice cream sandwich today, but it wasn’t a normal sized ice cream sandwich. The team is bringing him along slowly since his ice cream headache two years ago.

  5. The right words are easy for Baker to say now. In his mind he is still thinking “I’m going to be so good in training camp and pre-season that they will be forced to start me” His saying all the right things tune may change when the season starts and he feels he should be starting and he is not.

    I do not think Hue is just trying to motivate Baker. I truly believe he will keep Tyrod as the starter all season barring injury. His job depends on getting wins this year and he truly feels Tyrod can get him enough wins to save his job.

    We will see what Baker is saying to teammates when the season starts and Tyrod struggles some games. My prediction: “Man I should be out there. I can make us better. This is total BS” The locker room division Baker may cause could be fatal.

  6. wiscypro7 says:
    June 14, 2018 at 9:43 am
    Not a Browns fan but I will say I’m quite interested to see if the Browns will find a way to capitalize in the infusion of talent this year. A .500 season this year might be a reasonable expectation for these guys if Hue does his job.

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    The Browns play in the cream-puff AFC North. It won’t take much too beat the other teams in the division. Outside the division still remains to be seen.

  7. I didn’t love the draft pick, but I do love what he is saying. If his actions match this, then we have a chance.

    It is refreshing to hear a pro say “I have to work to be ready when they call my number and I’m going to bust nuggets to make this team better in any way I can.”

    I can understand why the Hoodie was rumored to like this guy.

  8. He says he’s happy to be the backup because he has watched Tyrod Taylor and knows it won’t be for long.

  9. As long as Baker works hard and keep his mouth shut, the Browns didn’t draft Mayfield to hold a clipboard. At some point in this season, Baker will start.

  10. Taylor will play himself to the bench within a few games . Brownie fans want Baker to play
    to see what they have

  11. I don’t hate on Baker. He’s done some stuff he shouldn’t have, like at Kansas, but we can all say that about ourselves if we’re honest. I think he’s a good kid and has superstar potential.

  12. Taylor and Mayfield are both “backups” but like the Browns usually have to do, force one to act like a Starter even if they shouldn’t be.

    This is as Brownsy a situation as we’ve ever seen… and we have, literally every year for the past 2 decades.

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