Baker Mayfield obtained a taste of what it is like to earn in the NFL, and now the Browns quarterback needs to gorge himself.
Mayfield led the Browns to an 11-5 report in 2020 in his third 12 months in the league. He stated on a Zoom phone April 26 the good results he experienced previous yr is motivating him to get the job done tougher than at any time this offseason.
“The portion about me and my competitiveness to never ever be content, I imagine which is a huge purpose why I’m below today and why I’m at this degree of actively playing in the NFL,” Mayfield stated. “For me, it is continuing to harness that and perform even more challenging mainly because it’s not about.
“I also assume that every thing I did last offseason, I variety of carried by a small bit of that in the course of the yr so I’m equipped to start off even far more in advance of timetable this offseason. Which is the greatest matter about it for me. I’m not getting to begin around wholly. Just continuing to develop.”
Mayfield was the initially select of the 2018 draft on April 26. He changed Tyrod Taylor just right before halftime in the 3rd video game his rookie year and has began every recreation considering that then.
A lot has transformed about the Browns considering that his initially start off. Apart from Mayfield, the only offensive players however portion of the beginning lineup that confronted the Raiders on Sept. 30, 2018, are huge receiver Jarvis Landry, left guard Joel Bitonio and heart JC Tretter.
Mayfield’s very first Browns head coach, Hue Jackson, and initially offensive coordinator, Todd Haley, are long gone. Not only are head coach Kevin Stefanski and offensive coordinator Brad Van Pelt back again from final period the entire starting offense is intact, led by Mayfied, Landry, working again Nick Chubb and tight conclusion Austin Hooper.
“This is the very first time at any time in my vocation that you have 11 fellas who at 1 point commenced on this offense all coming back,” Mayfield mentioned. “I feel that is really fairly specific.
“When it comes to phrases of seeking back a few a long time in the past to this day, a everyday living-changing second for me, my loved ones, friends and staying surrounded by a lot of teammates and lifelong close friends now. I believe it is been a good journey, but it is nowhere close to getting accomplished. I feel which is the most effective part.”
Mayfield, normally, mentioned he was grateful the Browns made the decision to decide up the fifth-calendar year option on his contract for 2022. He will go from earning $920,000 in 2021 to $18,858,000 subsequent yr. But he did not want to converse about a contract extension further than 2022.
“I get questioned about it a lot, but it is also a single of these items that I believe in wholeheartedly in my brokers to deal with that driving the scenes. Right now, it ‘s about setting up the foundation for this approaching season, continuing to make on what we remaining with very last 12 months and continuing to increase. If we get games, almost everything will happen how it need to. That is my mentality, and I really do imagine that.”
This is the very first time since he was at Oklahoma in 2015 and 16 that Mayfield has had the same head mentor (Bob Stoops with the Sooners) in again to back again a long time. That suggests not beginning from scratch as all players had to do final offseason when their introduction to Stefanski was on a group Zoom contact.
Stefanski acquired a head start off in February 2020 when he visited Mayfield in Austin, Texas, right before the novel coronavirus shut down NFL training facilities. So the initial Zoom meeting two months later was not the initially time Stefanski and Mayfield fulfilled. But following contacting plays for a full season, Stefanski appreciates a great deal a lot more about his quarterback and is utilizing it this offseason.
“We’ve streamlined principles, and we have tried using to adjust what we do dependent on his strengths and our players’ strengths,” Stefanski claimed on a recent Zoom phone. “I would hope he’s considerably more relaxed from that point of view. That’s what time enables you to do – time collectively.”