Joe Burrow: Browns had to take a chance at Deshaun Watson, Baker Mayfield will land on his feet

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The Bengals are the current top dogs in the AFC North. But that could easily change this season with Lamar Jackson returning healthy for the Ravens and the Browns acquiring Deshaun Watson.

During a recent appearance on the Full Send Podcast, Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow was asked about his thoughts on the competition in his division, particularly in light of Cleveland’s moves. Burrow told the group he understood why the Browns traded for Watson — even though Baker Mayfield has experienced plenty of success against the Bengals.

“When you have a guy like Deshaun, you have to take a chance at that because he’s such a great player,” Burrow said, via Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. “But Baker is a really good player, he’ll land on his feet.”

Burrow added that Mayfield is in “a really tough situation.” The 2018 No. 1 overall pick is currently still on the Browns’ roster, though he’s not participating in the voluntary offseason program. There’s presently no clear trade destination for Mayfield either.

“He was hurt all last year and every time we play him, he balls,” Burrow said. “The first time we play him, week two of my rookie year, we lost like [35–30] or something, and the next time we play him, I throw 400 yards, he goes like [22-28] with five touchdowns. Goes on a two-minute drive, touchdown, won the game. I haven’t beat the Browns yet.”

Mayfield is 6-1 against Cincinnati with a 3-0 record against Burrow.

The Bengals and Browns will square off in Week Eight in Cleveland and Week 14 in Cincinnati in 2022. It remains to be seen whether Watson will be the quarterback for either matchup, as he is still facing a suspension.

29 responses to “Joe Burrow: Browns had to take a chance at Deshaun Watson, Baker Mayfield will land on his feet

  1. Joe speaking like Tom Brady, learning fast. Hope he gets a championship soon, really enjoy the kid.

  2. Lets see how mentally tough Watson is when he gets back on the field and at the podium. Nowhere to hide from ruthless fans and media.

  3. Joe I like you better when you,just played….sssshhhh don’t spoil it!

  4. So Burrow is now Brady yet he can’t beat the Browns??????? Alrighty then. LOL!

  5. Vasteelerfan says:
    May 19, 2022 at 1:18 pm

    Joe I like you better when you,just played….sssshhhh don’t spoil it!

    Yeah, terribly annoying when he’s interviewed.

  6. The Bengals got a class act when they drafted Burrow. I hope he can stay healthy and have a long career.. Guys like him are great for the NFL.

  7. Joe Burrow meteoric rise played a role in Baker’s situation. Both #1 overall draft picks, Burrow took one of the worst offensive lines to the SB in his second year. Baker had one of the best offensive lines, loaded roster and underachieved. It’s hard to keep Baker after watching what Burrow just accomplished.

  8. RB1 was healthy last year for the Ravens. It didn’t matter.

    Joey b and the Boys putting up 1,000+ again.

  9. Tons of admiration for this guy. Hope he’s healthy and competitive out there for a long time.

  10. Never seen a guy who just lost a Super Bowl get so much press… NFL flavor of the month, I guess.

  11. The Browns trade for and signing of Watson could go down as the most catastrophic acquisition in professional sports history, giving up tons of premium draft picks and his fully guaranteed $200+ million contract.

    It is absolutely still in play that Watson never plays another down in the NFL with these pending lawsuits and public backlash. I don’t know how the Browns front office sleeps at night.

  12. With all the hype and hand wringing there is one thing that hasn’t been addressed. What if Watson ain’t all that? Been off a year and counting now. Suspension of some length likely. What did he ever win in Houston? What he is just a bit better (or worse) than Mayfield? Would be what Haslam deserves for guaranteeing him all that money with all Watsons alleged behavior.

  13. Give Herbert Ja’Marr chase and they shatter the QB-WR duo record books. Joe’s good and all, but Herbert was built in a lab. 4.0 biology student, remember that this guy is a student of the game and of the human body.

  14. It is absolutely still in play that Watson never plays another down in the NFL with these pending lawsuits and public backlash. I don’t know how the Browns front office sleeps at night.

    IDK, why don’t you ask the other half dozen or more teams that were also in on that trade? Yes, the Browns deserve criticism for acquiring Watson but they were far from the only team to attempt to do so. Also, they all knew a lot more details about the case than we do and still pursued him. I highly doubt that all the teams that chased him would have done so if they felt like he would never play again.

  15. Watson could come out of this as not the QB he once was. I get that he wanted to be paid, but Cleveland has historically not been kind to QBs. This dude loves to play with fire.

  16. Really like the guy but is he the new speaker for the NFL? Why don’t you give your mouth a rest Joe.

  17. Bengals could be 4th in their division behind steelers browns and ravens.

  18. So the face of the franchise is asked a question. He answers the question. And now people are crabbing that he’s “talking too much”. Ooooookay.

  19. So many people mad that Joey B gave an interview and answered questions that were asked of him

  20. The Bengals are the current top dogs in the AFC North. But that could easily change this season with Lamar Jackson returning healthy for the Ravens and the Browns acquiring Deshaun Watson as well as the Steelers drafting Kenny Pickett.

  21. mlhigh77 says:
    May 19, 2022 at 2:32 pm
    He gets the press because he’s flapping his jaws so much.

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    I love hot takes like this. As though Burrow, or any NFL franchise QB, just stands on a corner, talking nonstop. There are things called “press conferences” and “interviews” that high profile players do all the time because they’re expected to. But you’re right. He should sit there and not say anything.

    As a Browns fan I’m envious that the Bengals have such a good “face of the franchise”. The witless Jimmy Haslam has chosen to have an ethically-compromised person as ours.

    Thanks, Jimmy! It would be great if you sold the team. It would make Clevelanders very happy!

  22. chue says:
    May 19, 2022 at 5:19 pm
    So the face of the franchise is asked a question. He answers the question. And now people are crabbing that he’s “talking too much”. Ooooookay.
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    You’re missing the point . Don’t think any reasonable person has a problem with Burrow answering a question. What I do think is any reasonable person would have a problem with endorsing the move and talking glowingly about Watson totally ignoring the elephant in the room, the over 20 claims of sexual abuse leveled at Watson. The best answer would have been Watson’s a great talent but but until his situation is resolved I have no other comment.

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