Posts Tagged ‘quarterback’

Baker Mayfield drew comparisons to Drew Brees out of college, but the New Orleans Saints quarterback doesn’t want the No. 1 overall pick to sell himself short.

“I think he can be a lot better than me,” Brees told reporters Wednesday when asked about the Cleveland Browns rookie, according to ESPN’s Pat McManamon.

Both natives of Austin, Texas, Brees and Mayfield have been likened to one another for their smaller statures and passing accuracy.

The two will meet for the first time Sunday when the Saints and Browns square off, though Mayfield is slated to serve as a backup for Tyrod Taylor once again.

“Man, he’s got all the tools,” Brees said of Mayfield. “He’s more athletic. He probably can run around better. He’s got a stronger arm.”

The 39-year-old Brees added he couldn’t help but notice Mayfield in college, where he became one of the most prolific passers in Oklahoma history and captured the Heisman Trophy in 2017.

“I followed his college career,” said Brees. “Couldn’t have been more impressed with what he was able to accomplish, especially last year. Really impressed with the way he plays the game. I think he’s a great competitor.”

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The Denver Broncos waived quarterback Paxton Lynch, the team announced Sunday.

Lynch was taken 26th overall by the Broncos in the 2016 NFL Draft. Although he avoided being released Saturday, the Broncos claimed quarterback Kevin Hoganon waivers Sunday, rendering Lynch expendable.

Throughout the summer, Lynch failed to impress and was eventually surpassed on the depth chart by Chad KellyCase Keenum is expected to start for the Broncos with Kelly and Hogan serving as his backups.

“(Broncos head coach) Vance (Joseph) and I met with Paxton this morning and informed him that it’s best for everyone to make this move. We appreciate all of Paxton’s hard work as a Bronco, and we wish him well in the future,” Broncos general manager John Elway said in a statement.

Lynch played sparingly during his first two seasons, completing 61.7 percent of his passes for four touchdowns and four interceptions.

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is entering the tail end of his career, but he’s certainly not approaching the upcoming season that way.

Manning is tasked with steering the Giants out of the NFC East basement after the team sputtered to a 3-13 mark in 2017. With a new managerial regime in place, along with second overall pick Saquon Barkley in tow, the Giants are expected to compete for a playoff spot again, even with Manning turning 38 next January.

Some believed the Giants should’ve taken in a quarterback with the No. 2 pick to replace Manning, while stating that he’s no longer good enough to lead the team to its third Super Bowl of his career. Manning, to little surprise, disagreed.

“That’s not the way I look at it,” Manning said to Art Stapleton of USA TODAY. “And I think I still have some peak years left, so we can make it right.”

Manning knows he has to galvanize the Giants’ fan base in a year where one of their principle rivals, Philadelphia Eagles, won the Super Bowl. If Manning is to be believed, the 2017 campaign should be viewed as an anomaly.

“There’s some excitement for this year, which is good,” Manning said. “Obviously, some changes, and when you have new players, new draft picks, free agency, so I think, you know, hopefully guys remember, hey, two years ago we won 11 games. Last year, obviously, we went through a tough streak, but that’s football, it can change very quickly from year to year, from good to bad or bad to good. So I think it’s good to see the fans are excited, and I’m excited to be back and want to give them something to keep cheering for.”

Jarvis Landry took some not-so-veiled shots at his former club while praising the Cleveland Browns quarterbacks he’s now catching passes from.

The wide receiver has yet to record an official reception with the Browns, but he already rates the quarterback situation above that of the Miami Dolphins.

“It’s a lot better than what I had in Miami. I’m excited about that,” Landry said, according to Marc Sessler of NFL.com.

Landry has only participated in OTAs and minicamp, where he’s been working with new Cleveland quarterbacks Tyrod Taylor and Baker Mayfield, the first-overall pick in this year’s draft.

“The quarterback play is so important, which has got me that much more excited about Tyrod and (Mayfield) and the way that they’re throwing the ball out here,” Landry said.

For the first four years of his career, Landry was on the other end of passes from Ryan Tannehill, Jay Cutler, and Matt Moore. Last year, he reeled in a league-high 112 passes, the majority of which came from Cutler.

In Cleveland, Landry is already planning post-minicamp workouts with his QBs.

“I didn’t do that in Miami with the quarterbacks because they didn’t want to do it,” he said. “I would say the chemistry and the type of guys that I’m around here makes me that much more excited because I know I’m going to be pushed at all levels at all times.”

New York Jets CEO Christopher Johnson is expecting fans to fondly recall the 2018 NFL Draft and the third overall selection of quarterback Sam Darnold for many years to come.

“I think people are going to look back – I honestly think they’re going to look back 20 years from now and say this is the moment the Jets shifted into a new year, that they became a great team,” Johnson told reporters at a charity event in Manhattan, according to Rich Cimini of ESPN.

Darnold was the second quarterback chosen, behind No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield.

Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan has said that Darnold will be given the opportunity to compete against veterans Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater for the Week 1 starting job.

Johnson believes that whether or not Darnold wins the competition won’t affect what he expects to be a long relationship between player and team.

“I think we’ve got a real future with this kid and he’s not even 21 yet,” Johnson said. “We might have a long time with this young man. I hope so because right now I really think he’s our future.”

When the Buffalo Bills traded up to select Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen, a number of evaluators questioned the decision based on Allen’s collegiate production. It doesn’t seem to bother general manager Brandon Beane.

Appearing on WGR-AM 550 in Buffalo, Beane said he disputes the idea Allen is a raw prospect, saying he does not agree with “so-called labels” that “national gurus” place on quarterbacks, according to ESPN’s Mike Rodak.

Beane added the first-round signal-caller “was that team” at Wyoming, and “there was no way he was going to beat Iowa or Oregon with that team.”

Allen also made headlines during draft week when a series of offensive tweetshe sent from 2012 and 2013 were uncovered. Despite this, Beane remains confident his quarterback is not that type of person.

The general manager said the decision to draft Allen was his, but he had input from owners Terry and Kim Pegula on whether he “fit the culture.”

The Cleveland Browns have selected quarterback Baker Mayfield out of Oklahoma with the first overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft.

The move comes as somewhat of a surprise as the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner wasn’t mentioned among the possible top picks until Wednesday, but vaulted to the top of the board in the last 24 hours.

Mayfield, who is among the most accomplished pivots in college football history, becomes the sixth quarterback the Browns have drafted since 2010. While he will certainly go to Cleveland’s camp with a ton of hype, it’s not guaranteed he will be the starter after the club acquired Tyrod Taylor in the offseason.