Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield insists he’s beneath no added strain as he prepares for his third season within the NFL.
Mayfield, 25, was the highest decide within the 2018 NFL Draft however has struggled throughout his first two campaigns. He is aware of the upcoming season is vital as he begins the second-half of his four-year rookie contract, however he additionally believes it is no more vital than another season.
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“For me, it goes again to the mindset that I’m comfy and dwelling in and that work-ethic mentality. I believe that matches it,” he stated Wednesday.
“There isn’t a doubt 12 months 3 is at all times a giant 12 months in these (rookie) contracts. Timing-wise, everyone is aware of that. I’m not going to place any added strain on myself. There isn’t a want for that as a result of if I win, good issues will occur and good issues will occur for our workforce and the blokes round me. That’s a very powerful half.
“That’s the reason quarterback is likely one of the positions that’s the hardest in sports activities. If I play higher, our workforce goes to do higher. I put that strain on myself. It doesn’t matter what 12 months it’s. I’ve to play higher every year.”
The Browns went 6-10 final season and in 2020 can be aiming to achieve the playoffs for the primary time since 2002.
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Mayfield stated the time for speaking was over for Cleveland and he’s glad to be “shifting in silence.”
“I’ve a distinct method to this 12 months. I believe everyone who has been interviewed on our workforce has hit the nail on the pinnacle again and again about it, [it] is time to work. It’s time to do our factor, as an alternative of speaking about it,” he stated.
“That is the primary media factor I’ve performed simply because there isn’t a have to be speaking about it. It’s simply time to go do it.
“Proper now, it’s sort of shifting in silence, which is ok with me. That’s how I used to do it earlier than getting on an even bigger stage so I’m glad to get again to these roots and like I stated earlier, get again to the basics to the place I can accomplish the targets when the season comes round.”