Baker Mayfield getting crash course playing under center with Browns
Now that the the hopeful future for the Cleveland Browns under center has been anointed, the growing pains are set to begin for No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield.
As it stands, Browns head coach Hue Jackson is standing by Tyrod Taylor as their starting quarterback. It appears that even though the Browns loved Mayfield at the top selection, the Browns recognize the rookie needs time to adjust to a pro-style offense.
It has been reported that Mayfield has been under center more in two days of rookie minicamp than the three full seasons spent at Oklahoma.
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While Mayfield is receiving a crash course playing under center instead of shotgun, it’s likely that Browns offensive coordinator Todd Haley won’t rely upon the formation as much in the regular season. Still, Mayfield is committed to mastering it.
“We are going to hammer that until I am good and it feels natural,” Mayfield said, via ESPN. “That is the way it should be because I can play out of the ‘gun. Everybody here knows that. We are going to hammer that and we are going to work on what I need to work on so that we can go from there.”
At Oklahoma, Mayfield conducted what is called an “Air-Raid Offense” which is an up-tempo spread offense where the quarterback plays mostly out of the shotgun. Oklahoma has utilized such a system for a while, as has Big 12 rival Texas Tech, where Mayfield walked on to start his college career.
It remains to be seen how Mayfield will ultimately adapt to playing under center for the Browns. Although it presumably will be a steep learning curve for Mayfield as he embarks upon his NFL career.