Time doesn’t heal all wounds relating to Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns.
Mayfield has remained comparatively quiet on his former squad however he was requested about Cleveland throughout an interview on Thursday. He made it clear that he has no love for his former group.
“What outdated place, Oklahoma? They’re 6-5,” Mayfield stated.
The reporter clarified that he was asking concerning the Browns, not the Sooners.
“That’s not my outdated place, I take advantage of to play there,” Mayfield stated.
It’s an attention-grabbing and fairly pointless remark from Mayfield, who was drafted No. 1 total by Cleveland in 2018 and spent 4 seasons with the Browns. After an extended, drawn-out offseason, Mayfield was traded away this offseason after the acquisition of Deshaun Watson.
Mayfield received his probability at “revenge” when he began for the Panthers in Week 1 however got here up simply brief, with the Browns edging Carolina on a late area purpose. Previous to that matchup, he made it clear that seeing his former group meant somewhat extra.
“I’m not going to sit down right here and be a robotic and inform you that’s not one I’ve marked on the calendar already. One, that’s not who I’m. To me, it’s about successful video games,” Mayfield stated. “Clearly, this one has somewhat extra historical past and private which means, however for me, it’s about successful and setting the tone for the remainder of the 12 months, and nonetheless I can assist this group try this, I’m going to do.”
Mayfield Benched Once more in Carolina
Mayfield has had a tricky go together with Carolina and was lately benched for the second time, with the Panthers now selecting to go together with Sam Darnold as their starter. Mayfield beforehand misplaced his job to undrafted, former XFL quarterback PJ Walker, who’s nursing an ankle damage. As soon as Walker returns, Mayfield will possible be third on the depth chart.
“There’s quite a lot of issues up within the air for the longer term right here, so I don’t actually know,” Mayfield stated. “I’m doing what I can, what I can management. I understand how my teammates really feel about me and the way I’ve dealt with issues right here. So, I can depart right here with my head held excessive and perceive that I did the whole lot I might.”
The benching impacts the Browns as a result of the conditional draft choose they traded for was primarily based off Mayfield’s enjoying time with the Panthers. He would have needed to play 70% of the snaps for it to show right into a fourth somewhat than a fifth-round choose.
“It’s a loopy 12 months,” Mayfield stated. “There’s quite a lot of unusual issues taking place [at quarterback around the league]. … The quarterback room has just about dealt with it in the easiest way attainable, rolling with the punches. We’re simply doing what we’re instructed.”
Browns Awaiting Debut of Deshaun Watson
The Browns are heading into their closing week with out Watson, who was handed an 11-game suspension after settling with the NFL. The Browns have gone 3-7 with Jacoby Brissett at quarterback however will get their first look at Watson once they tackle the Texans on December 4.
“You guys already know what sort of quarterback he’s,” Browns cornerback Denzel Ward stated. “Positively thrilling getting him again.”
The Browns postseason chances are high hanging by a string with Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers coming to city on Sunday however a win would assist them preserve their very slender probabilities for a playoff berth alive.