Browns’ Mayfield well aware Ravens are coming for him
Baker Mayfield’s first NFL start came inside Oakland’s notorious Black Hole; his second will be against some nasty black birds.
The rookie and top overall pick faces a major challenge in his first career home start Sunday as the Browns (1-2-1) host the Ravens (3-1). Baltimore’s second-ranked defense has not given up a touchdown in the second half and made Steelers star Ben Roethlisberger look lost last week.
“Baltimore has obviously been historically a great defensive franchise,” Mayfield said. “I expect them to continue to do what they are good at and also throw a couple of wrinkles in there for me.”
The Ravens have won five straight in the series and 18 of the past 20 under coach John Harbaugh.
‘Hard Knocks’ clue? Harbaugh wouldn’t care: Looking to get an advantage on Mayfield, the Ravens watched tapes of his games at Oklahoma and questioned former college teammates.
But asked if he watched HBO’s “Hard Knocks” to learn more, Harbaugh shook his head. Mayfield was prominently featured on the documentary series this summer.
“I never watch ‘Hard Knocks.’ Nope. Not a fan, not interested,” he said. “Couldn’t care less about ‘Hard Knocks,' just for the record.”
Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield will make his first start at home Sunday against the Ravens.