Browns’ May­field well aware Ravens are com­ing for him

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Football -

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.

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