CLEVELAND, Ohio — New Browns linebacker Anthony Walker glanced down at his cellular phone soon after his a single-yr deal was declared, and there was a text from Baker Mayfield.
“Obviously when you have bought the franchise quarterback achieving out to you when you to start with sign and know that you’re starting to be a part of the team, it’s always great to get to get that welcome, so I was certainly appreciative of him for that,’’ Walker said on his introductory Zoom press convention Monday.
Mayfield has manufactured it a place to welcome all the new players, and but Walker, who intercepted Mayfield in the Browns’ 32-23 victory above the Colts on Oct. 11, has been a major admirer for yrs.
“It’s humorous, a single of my teammates texted me the other working day and was like ‘Oh I see why you have been defending Baker Mayfield in our locker room due to the fact you preferred to go play for Cleveland,’” Walker claimed with a snicker. “I informed them before, Baker Mayfield amazed me in college or university. The way he played at Oklahoma, clearly he generally had that chip on his shoulder currently being a wander-on and all of that things, and nothing but substantially regard to him for that.”
Walker, who studies movie tirelessly and distributes notes to his teammates, was amazed with Mayfield’s skillset from the jump.
“Honestly, for me, I know he can make each individual throw,’’ Walker claimed. “That was the initial factor I wrote down is that he can make each toss. Out of the pocket, in the pocket, we had to make guaranteed we received to him as significantly as we could with our front four, simply because certainly the expertise at receiver and limited finish is definitely ridiculous when you communicate about the Cleveland Browns.’’
Yet another near buddy texted him and said “you’re heading to participate in the Warriors on offense,” so for us, heading into that game, we had to make absolutely sure we acquired stress with the stress entrance and everyone was disciplined in our zone and man coverages, so when you are playing in opposition to an elite quarterback, you have to make absolutely sure that the front and the back conclude is operating jointly and that was our major subject that week.
“So definitely, the plays he designed in the initially 50 % did not shock me, but to see him make him the toss out of the pocket, rolling out, just the way he took management of the recreation, early on and then of course currently being equipped to keep on at the finish, he played a terrific football match, towards us, so yeah, almost nothing but regard for Baker.
Walker, a fifth-round select of the Colts out of Northwestern in 2017, also appreciated the outpouring from his previous teammates, who hated to see him go.
“Definitely often terrific to have the regard of your friends and shut pals,’’ he stated. “Definitely leaving Indy is not an straightforward thing to do. I crafted some good, lasting friendships about there with a good deal of excellent folks about, specially with Darius Leonard, a dude who played correct subsequent to me for a few decades, a good brother and pal there in him, Kenny Moore, Jacoby, Brissett, all of those men that I was in a position to share the locker place.
“Definitely appreciative of their outpouring of opinions, and the really like and respect that we have for a single another is absolutely greater than football.”
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