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Browns WR Rashard Wiggins can see Baker Mayfield ‘on the LeBron wall’

Baker Mayfield has been officially anointed the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns after a heroic relief performance in last Thursday’s win over the New York Jets. Mayfield’s inspired play has whipped Cleveland up into a frenzy and Browns fans without question have earned the right to get caught up in the rush of Mayfield Mania.

One of Mayfield’s own teammates is envisioning potential icon status for the rookie quarterback, suggesting perhaps one day he’ll be revered in Cleveland in a way that was once solely reserved for a man known in town as The King. Browns wide receiver Rashard Higgins believes that Mayfield may one day achieve such exalted status in Cleveland as one LeBron James.

“I keep saying this is The Baker Era and stuff,” Higgins said this week, via Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot. “If it pans out how it’s supposed to be, Baker might be the next big thing. He might be on the LeBron wall, what I like to call it. I’m excited to see what he can bring to the team. Nothing but good things for him.”

Higgins of course is making a reference to the massive James banner that hung on a downtown Cleveland building until it was taken down after the NBA star joined the Los Angeles Lakers in July.

Higgins’ excited is understandable, though, as the third-year wide receiver suffered through a 1-31 record over the past two seasons.

“He came in and performed and got me my second W since I’ve been in the NFL,” Higgins said of Mayfield. “Wonderful feeling. Can’t describe it. The energy in the stadium was unbelievable. I’m glad it came.”

While Mayfield’s debut could be a harbinger of things to come, Browns fans are well-versed in being left brutally disappointed at the quarterback position and any reluctance to buy into the hype would be understandable.

After all, it was not all that long ago that another quarterback who was erroneously hailed as the Browns’ savior went so far as to envision himself joining James — albeit jokingly — on the very same “LeBron Wall.”