It’s been quite a while since the Cleveland Browns have been a relevant NFL franchise. Although that likely is about to change as the 2019 NFL season approaches. Cleveland drafted quarterback Baker Mayfield with the first selection in the NFL Draft and were able to sign several significant free agents. The team also was able to trade for the Miami Dolphins standout wide receiver Jarvis Landry.
After going 0-16 in 2017, Browns fans are growing extremely tiresome of the consistent incompetence the franchise continues to display. However, Browns new general manager John Dorsey used their assets and cap space to build a considerably solid roster. Perhaps the best roster the team has had since their move back to Cleveland in 1999.
Huge expectations exist for any quarterback selected with the number 1 overall pick and it holds true for Baker Mayfield. Despite Browns head coach Hue Jackson adamantly stating the plan is for Mayfield to sit for his rookie season, and, contrary to many of Jackson’s decision in Cleveland, this is the right one.
Yet, it doesn’t remove the Oklahoma star from being held to a franchise altering player.
The team did trade a future third-round pick for quarterback Tyrod Taylor and he has proven he is a legitimate starting NFL quarterback. In a rebuild, if you’re willing to move a high pick like Cleveland did, they certainly anticipate on playing him.
So, all Browns fans can do, at least for now, is hope Mayfield puts in the work and continues to grow into his role as the future of the franchise. And it seems as if Landry is the veteran putting him on that right path.
Throughout the offseason Jarvis Landry has established himself as a leader in the Browns locker room. He has gathered his teammates, along with Tyrod Taylor, and has made sure they are developing the chemistry needed to become successful when the regular season begins. Whether it’s working out together in Orlando or working out at USC, Landry is making sure the Browns are ready to roll in 2019.
More importantly, Landry is striving to get Mayfield comfortable in the NFL. The transition from college to professional level is perhaps the most difficult of all sports. Especially for a quarterback. Even more so, a superstar quarterback taken with the first overall pick who is likely not starting anytime soon.
Cleveland’s receiver core is much better than previous seasons. And that certainly will help Mayfield’s progress, even if it’s just during practice. But the opportunity to workout with arguably the best wideout in the game is certainly more than ordinary. Odell Beckham Jr. has been an explosive and dynamic receiver since entering the league. He has played with two-time Super Bowl champion Eli Manning for the entire course of his career. The knowledge that New York Giants receiver holds is valuable for Mayfield in itself let alone preparing him to play at the next level. It’s a tremendous confidence boost as well, being praised by the likes of former LSU teammates Landry and Beckham.
The fact Landry is using his connections in the league to make Baker settle as a professional is special. And also, necessary. Essentially every Browns rookie quarterback since their return to Cleveland has been a bust. Although, most didn’t have someone like Landry to help them in the way he is helping Mayfield.
It’s a true display of leadership and the fact it’s happening with the Browns future franchise quarterback is simply refreshing. Hopefully, Mayfield continues to accept his role learning from the bench in his rookie season. Tyrod Taylor will be the starting quarterback for now, but Mayfield’s future is bright, especially with Landry in Cleveland.