Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield says he keeps track of criticism from the media and uses it as motivation leading up to the 2018 NFL draft.
According to Robert Klemko of The MMQB, Mayfield told Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson during filming for ESPN’s QB2QB that he keeps a list of media members who he believes have crossed a line with their critiques:
Seriously, was this taken at the AFC Championship Game in January Anyway, I can’t imagine this would stop a team from drafting a player. Though it’s easy to forget, these prospects are basically kids; most of them didn’t have a driver’s license five years ago. If anything, Allen might get a little more pop from the Football Cognoscenti, who want PLAYERS WHO LOVE THE GAME and THINK ABOUT FOOTBALL 24/7. Well, there’s Josh Allen freezing his ass off in Foxborough. Sign me up!
This reminds me of a couple years ago, when some people in Los Angeles were rankled by the fact that Jared Goff was a fan of the San Francisco Giants, the forever rival of the hometown Dodgers. Different sport, but same general dynamic. As it turns out, Goff being a NorCal kid did not interfere with his ability to thrive as a professional in Los Angeles County. I doubt Allen’s affection for Tom Brady would permanently sour Bills fans if he went to Orchard Park and became the next Jim Kelly.
Don’t hold his 0-8 record as a starter against him. After all, the Browns have gone 1-31 over the past two seasons. In Jacksonville, Kessler figures to slot in behind the starter, Blake Bortles, who signed a contract extension earlier this offseason after yet another uneven season. Chad Henne, the Jaguars’ long-time backup, landed with the Chiefs in free agency. So, the Jaguars needed a new QB2 while the Browns didn’t have a need for Kessler considering they already have a starter in Taylor and will presumably use the top-overall pick in this year’s draft on their future franchise quarterback. The Browns still have Taylor, Drew Stanton, and Kevin Hogan on their roster.
The biggest winner in all of this seems like Kessler. He not only gets a promotion (he probably would’ve been a QB3 at best in Cleveland), he also gets to be a backup to a quarterback who has struggled enough throughout his career that it’s really not too difficult to envision a scenario that sees Bortles get benched. If Kessler does step in as the Jaguars’ starter next season — whether that’s due to Bortles’ quality of play or an injury — he’ll be in a much better situation than he was in Cleveland. In Jacksonville, Kessler will have the opportunity to play in a run-first offense that can afford to be conservative because of the Jaguars’ dominant defense. Even if Kessler doesn’t get any meaningful reps, he’ll still be a backup on a playoff-caliber team that has its sights set on the Super Bowl.