No. 2 – Baker Mayfield still brushing off the dust
Before everyone jumps all over me, a quarterback struggling the first day of pads is not uncommon. However, I don’t think we are at a point to just brush off the fact that Baker Mayfield hasn’t looked the sharpest so far in training camp.
Mayfield struggled in the 7-on-7 portion of the practice, and multiple reports shared that there was visible frustration from that quarterback when things weren’t going his way. Wilson later picked him off in the end zone and sealed a day one win for the defensive unit.
We must monitor the situation, but at this point, I don’t see any reason to panic. For one, offenses always seem to gel slower than the defense. There’s far more timing involved and adjusting to the speed of the game just takes more time.
The second reason I’m not worried, Mayfield is a gamer. I don’t want to act like I don’t care about practice, but I’m more worried about what he does on the field. Until that performance leads to the playing field, I’m willing to give him a pass.
Mayfield is as competitive as anyone in the league, he will have it together by Week 1.