Baker Mayfield knows his place in pecking order behind Tyrod Taylor
Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson left no room for speculation when he insisted Tyrod Taylor remains the team’s starting quarterback heading into the 2018 season despite the selection of Baker Mayfield with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.
And it would appear Mayfield himself understands his place in the Browns’ quarterback pecking order.
Mayfield on Friday will take part in his first Browns rookie minicamp practice. Speaking to how he intends to compete hard in every practice and position drill, Mayfield made it clear he knows his role.
“It’s not going to be something that separates the locker room,” Mayfield said of competition between himself and Taylor, via Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot.
Mayfield is said to have met Taylor during a pre-draft visit to Cleveland, and obviously will benefit from working under the veteran signal-caller. That said, Mayfield — who felt a “whole lot of emotion” in a phone call with Browns GM John Dorsey on draft night — aspires to stake a prominent role on the team despite backing up Taylor, at least in the short term, if not longer.
“I was just born with it,” Mayfield said of his leadership skills. “I have a passion for the game.”
In being the No. 1 overall pick in a draft loaded with top-notch quarterbacks obviously comes with an inordinate amount of pressure. And being drafted by a Browns organization saddled with a decades-long bout of ineptitude at the most important position in football — it’s referred to as the “Factory of Sadness” for good reason — only exacerbates matters for Mayfield.
It would appear that the Browns intend not too much too much pressure or too much on his plate from the get-go, thanks to Taylor’s presence.