Baker Mayfield on rooming with Nick Chubb during Browns' rookie minicamp

Tyler Owen
May 8, 2018

He may have been the number one pick in the National Football League draft, but Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson has insisted Baker Mayfield will not be the team's starting quarterback.

Tyrod Taylor is the team's presumptive opening-week starter against Pittsburgh, and while Mayfield intends to compete for the job in training camp, he won't allow personal ambition to get in the way of team goals.

Highsmith's version echoes that of Browns' head coach Hue Jackson, who said over the weekend he only came to appreciate the former Oklahoma student after the NFL Combine at the beginning of March.

The plan for now is for Taylor to start and Mayfield to learn while watching a quarterback who led the Buffalo Bills to their first playoff appearance in 18 years last season.

In a league that's always prioritized the quarterback, every team that followed the Falcons in the first round took positions other than quarterback.

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Jean-Jacques Taylor: I wouldn't have taken Baker Mayfield because I think he's more of a boom or bust player and I wouldn't want that kind of risk with the top player overall in the draft. I firmly believe that the odds are in favor of Taylor being the starting quarterback on Opening Day. He has a lot of characteristics that we love. That's why he's here. I got his number and talked to him and bounced a lot of things off of him. It was a good first day, but he's got a ways to go.

That's why there was an emphasis on both footwork and ball protection during the minicamp for Mayfield, who fumbled two snaps Friday and bobbled another Saturday, according to Taylor is a solid player, and if comes to keeping him, instead of picking up a sixth- or seventh-round pick, so be it. As far as common sense goes, you don't draft someone with the No. 1 overall pick to be a backup.

"I've got to continue my strengths, and leadership is one of them", he said. "There are some things we've got to clean up".

"It doesn't matter how you get there, everyone here has the same opportunity", he said. If Taylor struggles and the Browns get off to yet another terrible start, the calls for Mayfield will become overbearing. "We'll work through that, and he's going to work at it like you can see him right now staying after working at that".

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