Browns’ Myles Garrett on viral Baker Mayfield quote: ‘We’ll take it and we’ll use it’
from Zac Wassink, with YardBarker.com/www.yardbarker.com
Shortly after Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule announced expected news and confirmed that Baker Mayfield will be his starting quarterback for at least the Week 1 home game against the Cleveland Browns on Sept. 11, Mayfield openly admitted that “there’s a lot of attachment there” regarding the now-opposing club that replaced him with Deshaun Watson in March and then shipped him to Carolina in July.
Browns All-Pro pass-rusher Myles Garrett later remarked that “there’s no rivalry there between me and him and there’s no rivalry there between the Panthers and the Browns” but added he’d “kind of enjoy” sacking his former teammate a couple of times.
The situation may have changed, however, when it was reported that Mayfield vowed when speaking about his previous employer with NFL Network’s Cynthia Frelund during this past Friday’s preseason game against the Buffalo Bills that he’s “gonna f— them up.”
Per Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Garrett was asked about Mayfield’s alleged comment following Tuesday’s practice session.
“We’ve known he has that type of demeanor and that attitude, and for better or for worse, it works for him,” Garrett said of Mayfield. “And I’m not mad at him using that fire and that chip on his shoulder to help him play to the level he has. He’s been successful in what he’s done.”
“We’ll take it and we’ll use it, and I’m hoping for a great matchup. I don’t think any less of him because he’s going out there and doing the same thing he did when he was with us. He’s the same guy personally, and maybe we’ll see a different Baker when we get on the field. Who knows?”
Meanwhile, Browns coach Kevin Stefanski insisted he’s not using Mayfield’s words as bulletin-board material.
“I’m not going to get involved in that type of thing. As you know, it’s Carolina week,” Stefanski said. “I get how unique it is that Baker is the starting quarterback for the Panthers. We’re really going to focus on putting a plan together to beat the Panthers. That is really the focus.”
Watson officially began serving his 11-game suspension over allegations of sexual misconduct during massage sessions on Tuesday afternoon. Backup Jacoby Brissett is on track to start in Watson’s place versus Carolina and Mayfield.