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Baker Mayfield, the quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, is wounded and angry. He’s in pain since his left (non-throwing) shoulder labrum is partly torn. He’s enraged because… well, we’re not sure why he’s enraged.
He did, however, go to Instagram on Thursday to strike out at “people” who seemed to have forgotten how he got “here.” Who doesn’t appreciate the fact that God given him the capacity to overcome “trials that no one else could handle”?
Ladies and gentlemen, Baker Mayfield.
Baker Mayfield has been out with an injury.
According to ESPN, Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield tore the labrum in his left shoulder while attempting to make a tackle following an interception against the Houston Texans in Week 2.
Mayfield and the Browns went on to win that game as well as the next two against the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings. In each of those games, Mayfield has played every important offensive action.
His statistics, on the other hand, haven’t been spectacular thus far.
Mayfield has 935 total throwing yards through four games. He’s only thrown for 300 yards or more once (321 in Week 1 vs. the Kansas City Chiefs). He’s only thrown two touchdowns and two interceptions thus far. These figures aren’t exactly setting the globe ablaze.
The Bears, in fact, are the only club in the league with less throwing touchdowns.
To assist with his shoulder issue, Mayfield is wearing a harness. On NFL Live, former NFL quarterback Dan Orlovsky said that the injury is pushing him to pass quicker because he doesn’t want to get hit. He went on to say that an injury like that may have a significant impact on the passer’s accuracy.
After reaching the playoffs in 2020, Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns had high hopes for the 2021 season. The club gave away a lead against the Chiefs in Week 1, but there’s no shame in that. The Browns have gone 3-0 since then, despite facing opponents with a combined record of 4-8.
Mayfield, who was drafted No. 1 overall by the Browns in 2018, is also in line for a big deal extension. However, he isn’t considered in the same class as No. 7 overall selection Josh Allen, who has already signed his monster contract, or MVP-winner Lamar Jackson, who was selected 32nd overall that year.
The reason for bringing this up is because on Thursday, Mayfield went to Instagram to slam unnamed organizations for an unknown slight.
The first sentence of the article was:
People seem to have forgotten how I ended myself here… Nothing was handed out. Everything has been earned. There are ups and downs. Every time, I came out stronger and better. God gave me the mental and physical stamina to not only persevere in the face of hardship, but to develop as a result of the challenges that no one else could bear.
via Instagram’s @bakermayfield
He went on to say that winning is his main goal, and that he was “brought to Cleveland to alter [the losing] narrative and influence others along the way.”
So, there you have it.
Mayfield gave no more explanation as to who he was speaking to or why he thought it was necessary to say this. But it was, and now he’s on to the next challenge, as he says at the conclusion of his message.
In Week 5, the team will face the Los Angeles Chargers.
Baker Mayfield | Photo courtesy of Getty Images/Adam Bettcher .
The schedule for Angry Baker and the Browns gets serious in Week 5 after thumping up on a couple of NFL cupcakes. That’s when they’ll travel to the West Coast to play the Chargers, who are on a tear.
The Los Angeles Rams are coming off a convincing victory against the Las Vegas Raiders. Joey Bosa and the defensive line dominated Raiders quarterback Derek Carr in their victory.
Mayfield should be concerned about this.
A sprained shoulder with Bosa staring him down from across the line might be the kind of test Mayfield was referring to in his Instagram post. Staying upright and healthy while guiding his team to victory against the Chargers’ strong defense will be a huge task.
For the Browns, things don’t get any better from there. In three of the next four games, Mayfield’s team will play teams with winning records (Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos, and Cincinnati Bengals). The Pittsburgh Steelers, who are usually a difficult division opponent, are the fourth team.
Keep an eye on @bakermayfield on Instagram if this gauntlet results in a losing streak for Mayfield, as it very well might.
Pro Football Reference provided all stats.
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