Published: Tue, May 08, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Hue Jackson's vow aside, Baker Mayfield competing for starting job

Hue Jackson's vow aside, Baker Mayfield competing for starting job

On Saturday, Heisman Trophy victor and No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield revealed he's rooming with former Georgia RB Nick Chubb during the Browns' minicamp, and he jokingly called it a "sick joke" that Cleveland's management would make him do that. 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.

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Assistant GM Eliot Wolf preached that same kind of effect that Mayfield has on his teammates, noting a game against Texas last season as a prime example.

To do that, Mayfield intends to be himself, which means he'll go at it full throttle. Mayfield may have looked good, but according to Jackson, Tyrod Taylor is still pegged as the team's starter. The city of Cleveland has seen the rise and fall of a plethora of quarterbacks throughout the years - some who were doomed from the start. "(He was) just talking about he'll be around if I need to bounce things off of him, he's a guy that I can lean on and that's something that makes you feel comfortable, makes you feel at home in a place like this where he's won before".

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

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"Tyrod Taylor's the starting quarterback of this football team, and that won't change", Jackson said Friday.

"He said the same things about when you get (to the NFL), go to work".

Being a first-round rookie in Cleveland has its perks.

Taylor was acquired by Sashi Brown in one of his first acts as the Browns vice president of player personnel. He's the starter, and all I can do is help us out.

With that said, Dorsey recently made the point that you can never have enough good corners. "I am very excited about him". "Why he lasted that long (in the draft) is beyond me". It's not going to be something that separates the locker room. More teams are taking to the fact that it's possible and those guys are winners, so why not? Over the past three seasons in Buffalo, Taylor started 43 games and played in 44, posting an impressive 51-16 touchdown-interception ratio.

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