Drew Brees paid Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield quite the compliment ahead of the two teams meeting in Week 2
One of the most successful quarterbacks has overcome the stereotype that shorter guys can’t play quarterback in the NFL. Drew Brees has put together a Hall of Fame career, and he believes Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield could have just as much success, if not more.
Drew Brees praised Mayfield on Wednesday in a conference call with reporters leading up to his Saints’ matchup with the Browns. Brees stated that Baker “can be a lot better than me.”
This comes from a guy who has completed over 65 percent of his passes in his career while throwing for over 70,000 yards and 491 touchdowns. Brees will likely hold all major NFL passing records before he retires.
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He and head coach Sean Payton have formed one of the most dynamic coach/quarterback duos, and have made the Saints a yearly threat with their offensive proficiency. The even crazier part, he’s talking about a guy who currently isn’t even the starter on his team.
While Mayfield has yet to see any official NFL snaps, Brees still says that in the end, Mayfield has a chance to be even better.
"“Man, he’s got all the tools. He’s more athletic. He probably can run around better. He’s got a stronger arm.” — Brees said while speaking about Mayfield via Pat McManamon of ESPN"
Mayfield and Brees are both similar heights, right around six foot tall. While the two have never spoken, Brees said he has watched and been impressed with Baker throughout his college career.
If Baker is wise, he will exchange contact info with Brees before Sunday’s game. While the two will be foes on Sunday, Baker could learn a lot about being successful and overcoming obstacles in the NFL.
While Mayfield has overcome all the odds to make it to the first overall pick in the 2018 draft, he’s not one to settle. Baker Mayfield will work hard to become the best he can be.
And if Brees is right, that he could be one of the greatest to ever play the game. You can bet Cleveland fans are hoping that is the case.