Baker Mayfield may not win the Cleveland Browns’ starting job from Tyrod Taylor, but the rookie admitted that he’s learning a great deal from the veteran quarterback.
Mayfield said on the ThomaHawk Show that Taylor has been an incredible mentor to him. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner and top overall pick of the 2018 Draft also said he’s surprised that the Browns acquired Taylor from the Buffalo Bills this offseason for just a third-round pick.
“They traded a third-round pick to Tyrod just doesn’t make sense,” the 23-year-old Mayfield said. “We got a lot more out of that than anybody else could. The guy that he is for this franchise, for all of our teammates is unbelievable. For me to watch him and learn (from) him has been great. He sets the bar high, shows up, his work ethic, it’s a great situation for me to come into to have someone like that. It’s good for me.”
Mayfield passed for 4,627 yards and accounted for 48 touchdowns with just six interceptions while leading Oklahoma to the College Football Playoff last season.
Taylor played in 15 games for the Bills and completed 62.6 percent of his passes for 2,799 yards and 14 touchdowns with four interceptions last season.
The 28-year-old Taylor guided Buffalo to the postseason for the first time since 1999 last season before being sent to Cleveland. Now, he’s aiming to have the Browns reach the playoffs for the first time since 2002.