CLEVELAND, Ohio – CLEVELAND, Ohio – Baker Mayfield’s contempt for his hometown of Texas Longhorns is well documented, but he couldn’t help but enjoy Colt McCoy’s game when he was growing up in Austin.
McCoy, the Browns’ 2010 third-round pick, could start Sunday night against the Browns if Daniel Jones isn’t in good health. Jones is recovering from a hamstring injury and now has a sprained ankle.
“I was never a Texas fan, but I enjoyed the way Colt played,” Mayfield said. “He’s a winner, there’s no doubt about it. Everything he’s done for this program, obviously being in the backyard of it, we’ve seen it all. He’s a winner. He was leading his team all the time. I followed him closely because (former Browns quarterback) Garrett Gilbert who was with us, a friend of mine who was Colt’s replacement in his first year. I have always respected Colt. He’s a winner. He’s a great guy.
Like Mayfield, McCoy only won in college, going 45-8 in 53 career starts in Texas to set the NCAA winning record at the time. McCoy and Mayfield are also similar in size and style of play.
“I would say the ability to make the game, just to shake things up,” Mayfield said. “You look at some of his pieces, there was nothing and he created something. I think it’s a similarity.
McCoy, who did enough to help the Giants upset the Seahawks 17-12 two weeks ago, took a 6-15 record with the Browns in 2010 and 2011, throwing 21 touchdowns and 20 interceptions on bad teams. who made 5-11 and 4-12.
Mayfield sur Daniel Jones
Mayfield praised Daniel Jones, Duke’s 6th overall pick last season.
“Because we’re playing their division this year, seeing more of his stuff on tape just by studying our movie,” Mayfield said. “I think he does a great job, I really do. Give his guys a chance. Put them in a position to win. And as we talked about earlier, about using my legs to move down and move the markers, he does a great job. When he wants to pull it in and run, he can move. Now I don’t know about the final part when he tripped over the 5-yard line (jokingly) but he can move.
Mayfield and Jones cleared the air after Mayfield was quoted by GQ as saying he couldn’t believe the Giants drafted Jones. Mayfield said he was taken out of context and later cleared the air with Jones.
Mayfield to contact Odell Beckham Jr. this week
Knowing how much this game would have meant for Odell Beckham Jr., Mayfield will contact him this week.
“This one would mean a ton to him,” Mayfield said. “And not necessarily out of revenge, but every time you play a team that you know well – I had the same in college going back and playing Texas Tech – it means a lot to you. We’re going to play for him because he’s one of our guys, so we have to.
* BJ Goodson on his reunion with the Giants
Good son, a Giants fourth-round pick out of Clemson, returns to Metlife Stadium on Sunday night to face the team that drafted him in the fourth round of the 2016 Clemson Draft.
“Cool head, hot heart,” he said of the team that traded him to the Packers last season. “It’s not really my motive. My motivation is just to make sure my guys’ spirits are okay in this event and to give us the best chance of winning.
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