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Passing judgment: Mayfield ‘humbled’ by
praise from Brees September 13, 2018
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BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Baker
Mayfield has assorted shiny trophies, plaques and awards from his
college days. Probably more than he realizes.So
far, his biggest NFL honor can’t be hung or placed on a
shelf.Mayfield was humbled by compliments made
toward him by Saints star quarterback Drew Brees, who believes the
Browns rookie is destined for fame.On Wednesday,
Brees gushed when talking about Mayfield.”I
think he can be a lot better than me,” Brees said. “He’s got all
the tools. He’s more athletic. He probably can run around better.
He’s got a stronger arm.”Mayfield was moved by
the praise.”Yeah, it doesn’t get much higher
than that,” Mayfield said following practice. “That’s one of the
greatest to play of all time. That’s the guy that I’ve had an
unbelievable amount of respect for and looked up to just because of
where I’m from first and then size and story as well. So I’ve
always enjoyed watching him.”Mayfield hopes to
meet Brees for the first time Sunday as the Browns (0-0-1) visit
the Saints (0-1), who lost their home opener 48-40 to Tampa Bay
last week.For now, Mayfield is Cleveland’s No. 2
quarterback, waiting his turn behind starter Tyrod Taylor. The
Heisman Trophy winner grew up in Texas patterning his game after
Brees, who entered the league with far less fanfare and minimal
expectations following a storied career at
Purdue.The knock on Brees coming out of college
was that he was too short to succeed in the pro game. He’d be
swallowed in the pocket and there was no way he’d be able to see
receivers, never mind complete passes.Well, all
Brees has done on the way to numerous Pro Bowls and a Super Bowl
title, is become one of just three quarterbacks to surpass 70,000
yards passing.The Hall of Fame
awaits.And while Mayfield appreciated Brees’
comments, they’ll only be words if he doesn’t
produce.”It’s really cool. It’s humbling, but
unless I go to work every day, then it’s not going to matter,” he
said. “Expectations are one thing, but you’ve got to do your own.
Got to do your own.”Brees’ remarks also caught
the attention of Browns wide receiver Jarvis
Landry.”You’re talking about, especially me
being from Louisiana, Drew’s a G.O.A.T.,” Landry said. “He’s the
guy. For him to say that, that’s one of the highest praises you can
get from one of the guys that is tremendously respected around the
league and around the world. So that’s huge.”Of
course, Mayfield can’t do much about building a legacy on the
sideline.The Browns are taking a slow-is-better
approach with Mayfield, whom they believe is their QB of the future
— not the present.Barring an injury, Mayfield
won’t play this week against the Saints. And unless something
changes dramatically soon, the Browns intend to have Mayfield
sharpen his skills during practice until they feel he’s ready to
start.That’s been the plan since March, when
Cleveland traded for Taylor, who led Buffalo to the playoffs last
season.Browns coach Hue Jackson said he won’t be
swayed to change direction by the early success the New York Jets
have had with Sam Darnold, the No. 3 overall pick. Darnold shook
off throwing an interception that was returned for a TD on his
first attempt and completed 16 of 21 passes for 192 yards and two
TDs in a rout of Detroit on Monday night.”I like
our young quarterback a lot, but it didn’t change my mind on
anything,” Jackson said. “Baker’s been really good in practice. I
think he’s still growing. The thing I love, he’s so engaged in what
we’re doing. That is a fist bump to him because I’m sure it’s
tough.”I’m sure he wants to play. Any competitor
wants to. At the same time, I think he’s ready. He’s preparing
himself week in and week out on what it takes to play. And when his
day comes, he’s going to go out there and play well. I keep saying
that. Do not know when it is, but when it does happen, he will play
well.”Taylor’s 15 of 40 performance last week
against Pittsburgh sparked some debate as to whether the Browns
were handling their QB situation — and Mayfield —
correctly.”The most important thing is that he’s
our future,” Jackson said. “If he is, we don’t have to rush this
thing. When everybody saw the numbers last week, everybody wanted
to go, ‘OK, Tyrod is out. Let’s go the other way.’ Let’s slow down
a little bit here. Let’s get this thing going. Week 1, here we go
to Week 2. Let’s see if we can improve on offense and play
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