Baker Mayfield is having a good week. Last Thursday, he made his NFL debut — which led to the Browns first win since 2016. Now he’s the new starting quarterback in Cleveland. But he’s not content with just that. He’s ready to keep winning.
“I didn’t come here just to win one game, and I didn’t come here just to start the next,” Mayfield said Monday via ESPN’s Pat McManamon after hearing the news. “We’re building a franchise here, and we’re turning it around. It’s about culture.”
But after the win last week, head coach Hue Jackson didn’t want to make a rash decision. So he went back to look at the tape. Needless to say, he liked what he saw.
“We’re building a franchise here, and we’re turning it around. It’s about culture.” Jackson said. “He’s the starting quarterback of this football team. We know it’s a long season and all kind of things can happen. Baker Mayfield is the starting quarterback of the team.”
Monday would be a little different for the No. 1 overall pick, though. He got to take practice reps with the starters for the first time. And he just wants to build on that.
“I’m happy with how I played without any reps,” Mayfield adds. “So right now I have very, very high expectations of myself having a full week of practice and being able to get the reps with those guys.”
Once he takes his first snap this Sunday afternoon, that’ll make him Cleveland’s 30th starting quarterback since they started playing again in 1999. That’s more than any other NFL team. They also have just one playoff appearance since then. So, what’s he think about that?
“It’s 2018. I don’t really care.”
Cleveland visits the Oakland Raiders Sunday afternoon. Let’s see if the magic continues.