Browns QB Baker Mayfield says he will ‘be the best backup possible’
Since the Cleveland Browns made the selection of former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield with the first overall pick in this year’s draft, there has been the constant question around the team concerning his role heading into the 2018 campaign.
The only thing that has been made abundantly clear at this point has been that offseason addition Tyrod Taylor will get the first shot to be the starter next year. According to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk, Mayfield has voiced that he will look to work hard at whatever spot the team puts him.
“I wasn’t brought here to just start,” Mayfield said. “I was brought here to help turn things around. Whatever my role is, that’s what I’ll do. Whether that’s to run the scout team or be the best backup possible or playing. I need to be prepared for when I do get my shot to play. Other than that I’ll keep getting better and contribute to this team.”
The 23-year-old has the clear motivation to prove to the coaching staff that he is going to any task that is required of him to the fullest. The Browns have spoken quite highly of the rookie quarterback throughout the offseason workouts, but there is still much of him to grasp before the team will give him a chance to get a shot at the starting job.
Taylor has had a strong grip on the starting job in the months that have followed being acquired in a trade with the Buffalo Bills. He is a proven starter that has shown he can lead a team to success that most recently saw him push the Bills to their first playoff appearance in well over a decade last season.
It may be an uphill battle for Mayfield to climb to get a shot at being the starter, but his attitude and approach to the situation could help him greatly in the long run.