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Baker Mayfield dragged more than a Heisman Trophy
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Data: 11 lut 2019 - 09:52:45

with him into the NFL. There was other baggage Greg Joseph Jersey , including a well-earned reputation as being cocky, fiery, brash and over-the-top.He hasn&#8217;t changed much.And that&#8217;s what the Browns love about their rookie starting quarterback, who didn&#8217;t need long to firmly plant his own flag in Cleveland.&#8220;He walk it,&#8221; receiver Jarvis Landry said, &#8220;like he talk it.&#8221;As Mayfield prepares to make his first pro start in a few days at Oakland, his confidence isn&#8217;t the only thing impressing teammates eager to see if the No. 1 overall pick can build upon his sensational debut last week against the New York Jets &#37413;?a stunning performance that prompted coach Hue Jackson to switch QBs.While he is on the verge of his first visit to play in front of the Raiders&#8217; notoriously rowdy &#8220;Black Hole&#8221;, Mayfield is showing no fear or signs of complacency.The 23-year-old did not speak to reporters on Wednesday and the only time he was seen in Cleveland&#8217;s locker room was to grab the playbook out of his locker.&#8220;He&#8217;s been real focused,&#8221; said left guard Joel Bitonio, one of the team&#8217;s captains. &#8220;He&#8217;s taken the lead in a few meetings just because that&#8217;s what the starting quarterback does.&#8221;Sooner than the Browns or anyone expected, Mayfield has risen on the depth chart and vaulted from high-profile backup and future QB to the present one.And while it may have happened quickly, Mayfield has shown since the moment the Browns (1-1-1) selected him he&#8217;d be prepared for this moment.He&#8217;s worked hard, shown humility and remained supportive of Tyrod Taylor, who remains in protocol with a concussion that hastened his benching.Before he was drafted, Mayfield drew comparisons to Johnny Manziel, another Heisman winner who busted for the Browns. The Mayfield-Manziel similarities though, seem to start and stop at their height.&#8220;You hear people say, &#8216;Oh, he&#8217;s Johnny or he&#8217;s this or he&#8217;s that,&#8217; but since I&#8217;ve known him he&#8217;s been a great guy,&#8221; Bitonio said. &#8220;He&#8217;s been in the building. He&#8217;s a confident guy. I think people see that as a little bit of cockiness, but he&#8217;s just confident in what he does and he understands you put in the work and he&#8217;s ready to compete and he&#8217;s ready to play.&#8220;And that&#8217;s all you want in a quarterback.&#8221;But with Mayfield, there&#8217;s a little more.It wasn&#8217;t long after replacing Taylor during Thursday&#8217;s nationally televised game when Mayfield started talking trash to the Jets defensive linemen. That may have surprised a few of his new teammates, but it&#8217;s nothing new for Mayfield, whose on-the-field antics in college didn&#8217;t stop at choice words.Mayfield loved to antagonize opponents, whether it was telling Kansas&#8217; fans to &#8220;stick to basketball&#8221; or celebrating a victory at Ohio State by spiking an Oklahoma flag into the turf.&#8220;I followed all that stuff, and again, it&#8217;s that &#8216;Walk it, Talk it,'&#8221; Landry said. &#8220;He definitely has that attitude and charisma, and that is contagious.&#8221;It remains to be seen how much of Mayfield&#8217;s personality rubs off on his teammates. But Raiders coach Jon Gruden believes a quarterback&#8217;s nature can mean as much as arm strength or mobility.&#8220;Those are the intangibles that you look for that are hard to find Jabrill Peppers Color Rush Jersey ,&#8221; Gruden said on a conference call. &#8220;Do they like the pressure? Do they like the big moment? Some guys come alive, some guys don&#8217;t. Some guys can bring out the best in their teammates. Some guys struggle to do that.&#8220;But Mayfield has the magic about him. He has the charisma about him that really allows everybody on that team, defensively included to play at a higher level. They know if we can get the ball back to this kid, something good&#8217;s going to happen.&#8221;Gruden grew up in Ohio rooting for the Browns, and he&#8217;s well aware of the team&#8217;s two-decades-old search to find a quarterback.With Mayfield, the hunt may be over.&#8220;What they have not had is a front-line starter that really can make all of the plays,&#8221; Gruden said.&#8220;I think Mayfield, if you draw a line under that name, he is the man. He is the story that I think right now is going to become bigger and bigger in Cleveland this year.&#8221;NOTES: DE Emmanuel Ogbah (ankle) returned to practice and is expected to play after missing the past two games. &#8230; Sunday&#8217;s game will be a homecoming of sorts for Jackson, who spent one season as Oakland&#8217;s coach. He&#8217;ll also be reunited with Gruden as they spent a season coaching together at Pacific. &#8220;He taught me football,&#8221; Jackson said. &#8220;We used to argue every day. I was a wishbone quarterback at the time. I&#8217;ve always given Jon credit for where I am today. He helped mold me and shape me into the coach I am a little bit.&#8221;___ BEREA, Ohio (AP) &#8212; The explanation didn&#8217;t make any sense at the time. Days later, Baker Mayfield remains baffled.After the Browns rookie quarterback was blasted in the helmet on Sunday by Tampa Bay safety Jordan Whitehead, who lowered his head to deliver the blow on Mayfield, referee Shawn Hochuli added a layer of confusion to a controversial play with his reason for not calling a penalty.&#8220;The quarterback is still a runner and therefore is allowed to be hit in the head,&#8221; Hochuli announced. &#8220;He had not yet begun his slide. There is therefore no foul.&#8221;Mayfield can&#8217;t grasp that explanation.&#8220;No words,&#8221; an incredulous Mayfield said Wednesday. &#8220;Honestly. No words.&#8221;Mayfield said he didn&#8217;t initially hear Hochuli&#8217;s comments, mainly because he was focused on calling the Browns&#8217; next play.Once he found out, Mayfield was dumbfounded.&#8220;I thought that&#8217;s why they put the rule in,&#8221; Mayfield said. &#8220;But we&#8217;ll see.&#8221;The NFL is expected to fine Whitehead for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Mayfield, a person familiar with league discipline told The Associated Press on Wednesday.Mayfield had begun to slide at the end of a 35-yard scramble when he was drilled by Whitehead, who used the crown of his helmet to plaster the No. 1 overall pick.Whitehead should have been flagged for unnecessary roughness or unsportsmanlike conduct, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the league has not commented on calls from last week&#8217;s games.The league, which has placed an extra emphasis on protecting quarterbacks, has been announcing fines on Saturday. If Whitehead is punished, it will be public confirmation that the play should have been penalized.However, the Browns aren&#8217;t looking for another veiled apology from the league. They&#8217;ve had several questionable calls go against them this season, but guard Joel Bitonio doesn&#8217;t think officials are biased against the Browns (2-4-1), who have played four overtimes games.&#8220;It&#8217;s a tough job being an NFL ref,&#8221; said Bitonio said. &#8220;Mistakes happen. That&#8217;s part of the job. We miss things. They miss things. It&#8217;s part of the business. We have to overcome that. The refs might have blown a call here and there, but we&#8217;ve had opportunities to make things happen. When it came down to it E.J. Gaines Color Rush Jersey , we missed those opportunities.&#8221;And while the league has been proactive in protecting quarterbacks, late hits remain a problem. The one on Mayfield was particularly alarming because he was doing everything correctly, still got whacked and nothing was called.Browns coach Hue Jackson is in favor of such plays being subject to replay review if it means getting the call correct.&#8220;The league and the officials want to get it right, so to me anything that is questionable that way, I think you take a real good look at it,&#8221; Jackson said.&#8220;Let&#8217;s just not move on from it, even if you have to review it. Let&#8217;s make sure that those things are correct as those calls are being made, when it&#8217;s something that&#8217;s that vicious, that kind of hit, especially on a quarterback.&#8221;Jackson said he has had positive &#8220;conversations&#8221; with the league. Ultimately, he said the goal is for fairness.&#8220;I think the most important thing for the league, for teams, for coaches, for everybody, is we just want to get it right,&#8221; he said. &#8220;Games are won and lost on these things. Jobs will be on the line because of these things and that&#8217;s important. Again, we just want it to be right.&#8221;Mayfield feels the NFL might consider adopting the college &#8220;targeting&#8221; rule in which players are subject to ejection and suspensions if called for using their helmets to deliver a blow. Mayfield said the rule served as a deterrent when he was at Oklahoma.&#8220;I definitely know it affected our team,&#8221; Mayfield said. &#8220;When anytime you have guys that are flying around trying to impose their will on an offense and a hit like that can take them out of not only that second half but then the first half of the next game, that can affect a lot of guys.&#8221;Mayfield wasn&#8217;t injured on the play and he sneered &#8220;I&#8217;ll be all right&#8221; when asked if he felt fortunate that he didn&#8217;t sustain a concussion.After he got popped by Whitehead, Mayfield jumped to his feet and walked directly at him while yelling that he needs to hit harder. The moment underscored Mayfield&#8217;s toughness and fire.&#8220;That&#8217;s who he&#8217;s always been,&#8221; running back Duke Johnson said. &#8220;We&#8217;re going to back him. We&#8217;re going to support him, and it&#8217;s great to see. Wish he&#8217;d get down a lot sooner, but it&#8217;s great to see him get up from it, bounce back and go down there and make more plays.&#8221;NOTES: LB Joe Schobert (hamstring), WR Rashard Higgins and CB E.J. Gaines (concussion) will miss Sunday&#8217;s game. &#8230; Jackson is following through on his promise to be more involved in Cleveland&#8217;s offense, but Mayfield doesn&#8217;t think the unit needs an overhaul. &#8220;We don&#8217;t have to re-invent the wheel,&#8221; he said. &#8220;We need to perfect our craft. You look at the good teams around the league, they work hard at what they do and they become good at it. We have what we have.&#8221;



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