Baker Mayfield on Deshaun Watson suspension: I don’t play against the other QB

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When the Browns traded quarterback Baker Mayfield to the Panthers, one of the first things many people noticed was that the Panthers will be hosting the Browns in the first week of the season.

Mayfield was traded because the Browns acquired Deshaun Watson earlier in the offseason and Monday brought word that Watson has been suspended for six games under the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy. That ruling may be appealed, but, for now, it means Watson will miss the chance to start in Carolina to kick off the 2022 season.

It also meant Mayfield fielded questions about the Watson ruling when he spoke to reporters on Monday. Mayfield said that he’s paid to play quarterback and “not to make decisions on anything other than that” while trying to keep the focus on his own bid to win the quarterback job for the NFC South club.

“Honestly, it’s none of my business,” Mayfield said, via David Newton of ESPN.com. “I don’t play against the other quarterback. I know it’s the most cliché thing to say, but that’s just the truth.”

Mayfield has been splitting first-team time with Sam Darnold during training camp and it remains to be seen when the Panthers will make a call about which of them will lead the offense against Cleveland in the opener.

12 responses to “Baker Mayfield on Deshaun Watson suspension: I don’t play against the other QB

  1. I wish baker well, hope he has a good season with the Panthers and. Wins the starting gig. And the loveable Browns that everyone seemed to root for due to decades of incompetence……well….that moveable feeling is gone.

  2. I wish baker well, hope he has a good season with the Panthers and. Wins the starting gig. And the loveable Browns that everyone seemed to root for due to decades of incompetence……well….that loveable feeling is gone.

  3. I hope Baker gets to open that can of A+W sauce and spray it all over the field against Cleveland.

  4. The browns and Texans deserve everything bad that happens to them and deshaun deserves a telemarketer job.

  5. Good for Mayfield. Mayfield has been treated in media and league way worse than Watson.

  6. If Baker does with the starting job in Carolina here’s hoping he lights up the Browns in game 1

  7. Don’t take the bait Baker, continue to stay focused on the task at hand. Actions speak louder than words.

  8. Mayfield sure has given thoughtful and mature public responses the last year, not even close to the apparent lack of grown up behavior behind the scenes that Browns’ management leaked. Based on their decision to trade for Watson and allow him to skate on any contractual losses due to suspension, I’m beginning to wonder if the Browns management aren’t the ones that need to grow up.

  9. Wonder what they’ll do with all Baker’s old commercials in “his house”/ Cleveland Browns stadium?

  10. Baker says all the right things but behind closed doors goes rogue. He was an absolute menace to the medical staff last year. It was hysterical to watch them chase him in and out of the medical tents last year. In a league where there is a 50% of getting injured every game, it’s bound to happen again.

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