2:00 p.m.-Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield believes NFL 'game is starting to slow down' for him
BEREA, Ohio -- A common mention as to one of the biggest adjustments for any quarterback to make as he transitions from college to the National Football League is getting used to the speed of the professional game.
And Cleveland Browns rookie Baker Mayfield is no exception, as he has spent the last six weeks doing what is necessary to get caught up to the speed of the NFL game. Two-thirds of the way through his first minicamp with the veterans, Mayfield believes he is adjusting well to the speed.
“The game is starting to slow down a little bit, starting to recognize a little bit more, being more tuned in with my protections and that just comes with continuing to learn the offense, learn our guys and just in every aspect know where to go with the ball,” Mayfield said.
Earlier in the offseason training program, Mayfield talked about not being as far along in the system as he would hope to be, but the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner has learned to accept any sign of development when it comes his way.
“You don’t build a great castle just all at once,” Mayfield said. “You gotta build it block by block, and so, for me, that’s how I need to handle it.
“It’s human nature. Yeah, you want to play, but I wasn’t brought here to just start. I was brought here to help turn this thing around and whatever my role is, that’s what I need to do, whether that’s playing scout team or being the best backup possible or playing, so for me, I’m not worried about that. I need to be prepared for when I do get my shot to be ready to play, but other than that, I just gotta continue getting better and improving this team as well.”
Chosen with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the 6-foot-1, 215-pound Mayfield put together a Heisman Trophy-winning campaign where he completed 285 of his 404 throws (70.5 percent) for 4,627 yards and 43 touchdowns against just six interceptions to cap off a four-year career that started at Texas Tech University.
During his three years at Oklahoma and one season with the Texas Tech Red Raiders, Mayfield completed 1,026 of his 1,497 attempts (68.5 percent) for 14,607 yards and 131 touchdowns against only 30 interceptions.
“It’s definitely had more of a learning curve,” Mayfield said of the NFL game. “There’s been some bumps in the road, which was expected, but right now, I’m just trying to find a consistency, so I wouldn’t say there is a huge surprise. It’s just trying to get more consistent.
“There’s been a difference of ‘Okay, the skill level’s all there.’ In college, you could get by with certain things just playing ball, but now, you have to be so fundamentally sound. That’s a big difference.”
When the Browns return from a six-week break for the start of training camp at the end of July, Mayfield plans on “taking the next step” within the offense.
“Consider getting all the basic knowledge of the offense down, taking that next step, and then, you go into details,” Mayfield said. “Then, you go into improving with your guys and growing and learning together.”
11:50 a.m.-BROWNS HOLD VETERAN MINICAMP
BEREA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns continued mandatory minicamp at team headquarters in Berea Wednesday morning.
The three-day session will conclude the offseason program.
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