Published: Tue, May 08, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Mayfield looks good, but Taylor is still Browns' starting QB, says Jackson

Mayfield looks good, but Taylor is still Browns' starting QB, says Jackson

If Mayfield was deserving of the first overall pick in the National Football League draft, perhaps he also deserves to be selected as the first quarterback off the board in your dynasty fantasy rookie drafts.

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. As far as common sense goes, you don't draft someone with the No. 1 overall pick to be a backup. You just don't have many prototypical drop-back quarterbacks who have pro-style experience who are 6-foot-3-plus, who have above-average arm strength, etcetera, etcetera. "It doesn't matter what has happened in the past; it's about what you're going to do for it now, how are you working towards making this team better and so it starts in the locker room", Mayfield said.

For all the official business and minor details that must be handled during a rookie minicamp, practices are brief and generally ugly. NFLDraftScout.com's senior analyst Rob Rang initially projected Mayfield as the fourth quarterback to be taken, but moved him up to No. 1 in his final mock draft.

"I'm not anxious about that, " he said.

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"It's not about individuals", Mayfield said as the Browns opened their three-day rookie minicamp.

But Mayfield's a pro now, he claims more mature from his mistakes, and he's got a clean slate and a new set of priorities. "We are going to hammer that and we are going to work on what I need to work on so that we can go from there". We have the incumbent starter and bridge player Tyrod Taylor, the dependable backup Drew Stanton, and the future of the franchise in Baker Mayfield. "I'm very excited about him".

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Mayfield just happened to be that choice for the Browns that will continue to push this conversation around him throughout the offseason because it is an imminent situation that will arise at some point. "He is the starter and all I can do is help us out". "What he did in my last two years with the two Big 12 championships, the leadership, the toughness and everything else, I don't know that I've ever had anyone like him".

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