Daily Dawg Tags: Did Daniel Jones show up Baker Mayfield?
The Daily Dawg Tags bring you all the Cleveland Browns news you need to know including a story about Baker Mayfield’s previous comments on Daniel Jones
The Cleveland Browns have hit a low this season which surely has some of their detractors living it up. Somewhere out there, Colin Cowherd is smiling away and Bob Wylie is yearning to remind us all that Freddie Kitchens let hin go.
It’s a frustrating start, but it’s a long season and there’s more than enough time to right the ship. And anyone who didn’t expect some hiccups early on in Freddie Kitchens’ rookie campaign was fooling themselves — although, in all honesty, some of these hiccups were out of left field.
Making it worse, is the way some now want to act as though Baker Mayfield is done in the NFL. He’s had a slow start, but to act like he didn’t just set the rookie record for touchdowns is crazy. And to also act as though Daniel Jones passed him up already is beyond absurd.
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Still, that’s being said which is why the comparison between Mayfield and Jones headlines today’s Daily Dawg Tags. That story and more can be found below.
Cleveland Browns News
A month after Baker Mayfield mocked Daniel Jones … who’s laughing now? — Dan Wetzel, Yahoo Sports
"“I cannot believe the Giants took Daniel Jones,” Mayfield said, according to GQ, while dining on a steak named after him in downtown Cleveland. “Blows my mind. … Some people overthink it. That’s where people go wrong. They forget you’ve gotta win. … Either you have a history of winning and being that guy for your team or you don’t.”"
Mayfield, to his credit, did say those comments weren’t meant as an attack on Jones, just that he was surprised the Giants took Jones in the same way he was surprised the Browns took him. Either way, the start to this season for Mayfield couldn’t have gone much worse whereas Jones’ start was great. Still, there’s time for No. 6 to fix it going forward.
David Njoku opts against surgery, Damarious Randall apparently out of protocol; CBs battling hamstrings — Mary Kay Cabot, Cleveland.com
"“Njoku broke the wrist against the Jets when cornerback Nate Hairston upended him in the first quarter on a high pass from Baker Mayfield. He also suffered a concussion on the play. Njoku was placed on injured reserve last week and must miss a minimum of eight games. But not having surgery increases his chance of returning this season.”"
It was nice to see Demetrius Harris catch a touchdown pass in Week 3, but David Njoku is clearly the better player and potentially getting him back this season will be huge. As will seeing Damarious Randall back on the field. The secondary played well without him, but he’s the heart and soul of that unit and will be welcomed back with open arms.
Can Browns right ship before their playoff hopes are sunk? — Jake Trotter, ESPN
"“For all the hype coming into the season, Cleveland was never going to eradicate the NFL’s longest playoff drought in September. But now, after a discombobulating 1-2 start, underscored by Sunday night’s wobbly finish, the Browns face the real possibility of their playoff dreams being all but extinguished in October, with a daunting stretch to their schedule on deck.”"
Tretter is right that the schedule coming up is tough as the 49ers, Seahawks, Patriots, and Ravens are all coming up. However, they’re not far behind those Ravens in the AFC North and five of their divisional games come in the second half of the season. There’s more room for optimism than pessimism right now as far as the schedule is concerned.
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