Drew Stanton to continue mentoring Browns’ Baker Mayfield while on injured reserve
The Cleveland Browns placed backup quarterback Drew Stanton on injured reserve on Monday due to a knee issue. However, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, that’s not going to stop him from mentoring fellow quarterback Baker Mayfield.
Stanton’s role with Cleveland may say backup, but he was brought in to be Mayfield’s mentor. He’s helped his game progress and his mindset of a pro.
Said receiver Damion Ratley, via Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com:
“Drew is a really smart guy. I don’t think you understand how smart Drew really is. Drew will tell you something that’s going to work and that thing works. So Bake (Baker Mayfield) literally learns from him, so you’ve got to think of it in that kind of way, like Bake’s going to be dangerous.”
Stanton plays a similar role to former Browns quarterback Josh McCown; wisdom and knowledge are needed more so than playing ability.
Said head coach Freddie Kitchens, via the team’s official website:
“Drew is very valuable to the quarterback room, which is the most important room in the building to have continuity in there and to have the ability for everybody in there to check their egos at the door and to get the starter ready to play. That is their job every week.”
Stanton should continue to help Mayfield prepare for games and the life of the NFL. However, he won’t be doing it as the No. 2 quarterback. Instead, Garrett Gilbert will take that role, who last played in the AAF.